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High-End Computing Program

Delivering high-end computing systems and services to NASA's aeronautics, exploration, science, and space technology missions.


If you are a NASA-sponsored scientist or engineer, computing time is available to you at the High-End Computing (HEC) Program's NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility and NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).

10.01.18 – New SBU Takes Effect October 1
Starting October 1, 2018, a new common Standard Billing Unit (SBU) will be used for allocating and tracking computing time usage at both the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).


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11.15.18 - Aircraft Noise Reduction Technologies Come in for a Landing
Supported by high-fidelity, full-scale aircraft simulations run on the Pleiades supercomputer, NASA flight tests recently demonstrated new ways to reduce airframe noise without impacting aerodynamic performance.
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11.13.18 - NASA Missions to Benefit from New Cloud Computing Services
NASA-funded scientific and engineering projects will get a boost from a new cloud computing service that expands the agency’s range of high-performance computing service offerings. Through a secure, managed cloud environment approach, the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) will provide supported access to resources at commercial cloud providers.
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11.12.18 – NASA’s Electra Supercomputer Rises to 12th Place in the U.S. on the TOP500 List
Recently expanded, NASA’s first modular supercomputer has moved to 12th place in the ranking of the most powerful computers in the United States, and is 33rd worldwide on the November 2018 TOP500 list.
Cross-section of interactive map of U.S. Midwestern floods
11.06.18 - NCCS GIS Capabilities Support NASA Disaster Mapping and Citizen Science
The NCCS Spatial Analytics Platform and related Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities are supporting NASA disaster mapping and a new landslide citizen science activity.
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11.05.18 - NASA@SC18
NASA researchers and scientists will be presenting their work on agency supercomputers at the 2018 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC18) in Dallas, TX, November 12–16, 2018.
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10.30.18 - Weather Forecasts Support Rocket Launches Testing Parachutes for Mars Missions
Instrumental to planning all three test flights were Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) weather forecasts run at the NCCS.


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