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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).


Simulation showing the complex flow of air particles through the Source Diagnostic Test turbofan engine
11.15.23 - Modeling Turbofan Engines to Understand Aircraft Noise
Airplane engines are loud—just ask anyone who lives near an airport. Using the Pleiades supercomputer at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at the agency’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, researchers have developed software that can model different engine configurations in a more timely and economic manner.
Simulation of the Apollo 12 lander engine plumes interacting with the lunar surface
11.14.23 - Rocket Exhaust on the Moon: NASA Supercomputers Reveal Surface Effects
Through Artemis, NASA plans to explore more of the Moon than ever before with human and robotic missions on the lunar surface. Researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center ran simulations on high-end computing systems at the NAS facility to help mission planners better understand how future spacecraft engine plumes will interact with the Moon’s surface.
Earth Information Center (EIC) dashboards showing visualizations generated by simulations run on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation’s Discover supercomputer
11.13.23 - Five Ways NASA Supercomputing Takes Missions from Concept to Reality
NASA high-end computing plays a key role in taking many agency missions from concept to application in the real world. From increasing accuracy of global weather forecasts, to designs for future air taxis, to parachute design tests for landing spacecraft, our supercomputing resources and experts are driving science and engineering advances for the benefit of humanity.
Connect with NASA High-End Computing in Denver • NASA@SC23 • November 13–17, 2023
11.09.23 - NASA Science and Engineering Showcased at SC23
Check out the NASA@SC23 website to see eye-catching images and videos, and learn about the exciting science and engineering achievements being highlighted this year at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, November 13–17 in Denver—all made possible by NASA high-end computing!
Photo of tundra wetlands during late spring at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska
11.01.23 - NASA Flights Link Methane Plumes to Tundra Fires in Western Alaska
In a new NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) study, researchers found that methane hot spots were roughly 29% more likely to occur in tundra that had been scorched by wildfire in the past 50 years compared to unburned areas. The study leveraged high-end computing resources at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Photo of Boreal forest in northern Canada
10.23.23 - New Study Shows Surprising Effects of Fire in North America’s Boreal Forests
Using a first-of-its-kind approach to analyze satellite imagery from boreal forests over the last three decades, Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Woodwell Climate Research Center scientists found that fire may be changing the face of the region in a way researchers did not previously anticipate. The study leveraged the Google Earth Engine cloud computing platform, the NCCS ABoVE Science Cloud, and NAU’s high-performance computing cluster Monsoon.


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