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NASA Center for Climate Simulation, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Maryland. Photo by GSFC/Pat Izzo.

The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), based at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, has provided supercomputing resources to NASA scientists and engineers for more than 30 years. Its purpose is to enhance NASA capabilities in Earth science, with an emphasis on weather and climate prediction, and to enable future scientific discoveries that will benefit humankind.

NCCS offers an integrated set of computational capabilities including High-Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Analytics, Data Sharing and Tools, Visualization, and Climate Data Services. It serves more than 1,300 users at Goddard, other NASA centers, laboratories, and universities across the U.S.

The NCCS centerpiece is the Discover supercomputer, which links tens ofthousands of Intel Xeon processors to perform 8 petalops (8,000 trillion floating-point operations per second). Discover-hosted simulations span time scales from days (weather prediction) to seasons and years (short-term climate prediction) to decades and centuries (climate change projection).

As part of its Visualization efforts, the NCCS partners with the Scientific Visualization Studio in running the Dr. Piers J. Sellers Data Visualization Theater. The theater features a 20-foot by 6-foot 10-inch multi-screen hyperwall showcasing awe-inspiring visuals created by NASA scientists and data visualizers and welcomes hundreds of visitors each year.

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