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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).


Aerosols visualization
08.09.19 - NASA, NOAA Team Up In Effort To Study Impact Of Wild Fires On Air Quality
Using satellite, airplane, and ground instrument data, models hosted on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer are tracking smoke that’s drifting across the country.
Concentration map of ozone
08.05.19 - Air Pollutant Forecasts Using the NASA GEOS-CF Model: Global Modeling Assessment of Pollutants During Wildfires
The May and June 2019 wildfires that occurred in Alberta, Canada led to increased smog, which resulted in air quality warnings issued in that region. Running at the at the NCCS, GEOS-CF was able to simulate in near real-time how these fires impacted the change in pollutant concentrations by using satellite observations to constrain fire emissions.
Researchers check out the Doppler Aerosol Wind Lidar (DAWN) instrument aboard a DC-8 airplane
08.05.19 - Field Campaigns on Two Coasts Benefit from GMAO and NCCS Forecast Support
Spring 2019 field campaigns on North America’s West and Gulf Coasts benefited from substantial forecast support by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) and NCCS.
Photo of salidrone sailing on ocean
07.19.19 - GMAO Research Brief: Saildrone Baja Field Campaign: A Comparison of Surface Meteorology with GEOS Products
Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) researchers compared data from a saildrone, an unmanned surface vehicle carrying a comprehensive suite of instruments, to GEOS-FP and MERRA-2 near-surface meteorology and water temperatures datasets produced at the NCCS.
Visualization of Tunguska asteroid simulation
07.15.19 – Tunguska Revisited: 111-Year-Old Mystery Impact Inspires New, More Optimistic Asteroid Predictions
NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) researchers modeled more than 50 million asteroid impact scenarios to reveal the most likely type of event that devastated Russia’s Tunguska region in 1908—the largest asteroid impact witnessed by modern humans. Their findings, reported in this month’s special issue of the journal Icarus, helped determine the average frequency of such events.
Model of July 2, 2019 total solar eclipse
07.03.19 - How Scientists Used NASA Data to Predict Appearance of July 2 Eclipse
Using data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, Predictive Science Inc. ran a model over roughly two days on the Pleiades supercomputer at the NAS Division.


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