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07.01.24 - NASA’s Upgraded Hyperwall Offers Improved Data Visualization
In May, the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility, located at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, celebrated the newest generation of its hyperwall system, a wall of LCD screens that display supercomputer-scale visualizations of the very large datasets produced by NASA supercomputers and instruments.
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06.25.24 - Evaluating Proposed Next-Generation Satellite Instruments: Nikki Privé
Continuing our occasional series, this NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) User Spotlight shines on Dr. Nikki Privé. The quasi-native Marylander currently works as a senior research scientist in the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Visualization of weekly subseasonal GEOS-S2S-2 model forecast for 2m temperature in March 2024
06.13.24 - GEOS Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Forecast System Predicts Events in Asia, Africa, and Tropics
The GEOS S2S system predicted events as diverse as the Mongolia Dzud, a Sudan Heat Wave, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) in the tropics. GEOS S2S runs at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
MERRA-2 aerosol optical depth for July 21, 2012, with a massive dust storm moving off the northwest coast of Africa
05.22.24 - NASA and IBM Research Apply AI to Weather and Climate
A collaboration involving NASA and IBM Research has led to the development of a new artificial intelligence (AI) foundation model for weather and climate: Prithvi-weather-climate (Prithvi is the Sanskrit name for Earth). Participants include NASA High-End Computing’s NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility.
A composite image capturing variations in the Sun's magnetic field over a decade shows varied activity on its surface
05.22.24 - Solution to Ancient Astronomy Puzzle to Aid Solar Storm Warnings
In calculations leveraging NASA's Pleiades supercomputer, an international research team lead by the University of Edinburgh discovered that the dynamo process generating the Sun's magnetic field originates from a relatively close 20,000 miles below the surface.
Visualization shwooing the impact of hypothetical asteroid PDC 2023
05.07.24 - Defending the Planet: How NASA Supercomputers Capture Hypothetical Asteroid Impacts
Supporting the NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office, scientists in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division's Computational Aerosciences Branch have kept their eyes close to Earth recently—focusing on what might occur if our planet should someday get hit by an asteroid, and what we might be able to do to mitigate the damage.
Visualization of supermassive black hole
05.06.24 - New NASA Black Hole Visualization Takes Viewers Beyond the Brink
Ever wonder what happens when you fall into a black hole? Now, thanks to a new, immersive visualization produced on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer, viewers can plunge into the event horizon, a black hole’s point of no return.
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03.04.24 - Supercomputer Speeds Computations for NASA Research Projects
A new graphics processing unit (GPU)-based supercomputer has been added to the stable of NASA high-end computing resources operated at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility. Named Cabeus after a lunar crater near the Moon’s south pole, the system is already providing agency users with several petaflops of computational power and will increase our capability to run artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads that can benefit from GPU technology.
Cyclone Nargis spirals over the Bay of Bengal between India to the west and Myanmar to the east
02.21.24 - Exploring Past and Future Tropical Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal with NASA High-End Computing
Leveraging NASA High-End Computing resources, a team of NASA and university scientists undertook a study of past and future tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal — some of the most devastating natural events on Earth.
Map of potential vorticity at the 850-K potential temperature surface (approximately 30 km above the Earth’s surface) and geopotential height near the tropopause (red contours) on 5 January 2024
02.14.24 - GMAO Science Snapshots Shine Light on El Niño and Sudden Stratospheric Warming
The NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) January 2024 El Niño seasonal forecast predicts a progressive cooling of sea surface temperatures heading into spring and continuing into early autumn while the GMAO numerical weather prediction model depicts a sudden stratospheric warning event in January 2024. GMAO forecasting systems run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Six ‘sub-Neptune’ exoplanets in rhythmic orbits around their star
01.16.24 - TESS Researchers Discover Six-Planet System Using New Algorithms
An international group of scientists have recently uncovered a remarkable system of six exoplanets from data collected by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Their years of planetary detective work—which began with light curve processing on the Pleiades supercomputer at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility—was detailed in a paper published in Nature.
GEOS-Exp 4km model snowfall forecast with 30-hour snowfall total
01.04.24 - GEOS Model Outputs for Early Season Snowfall in the Northeast US
Model outputs from GEOS-FP 12-kilometer (km) and GEOS-Exp 4-km depict an early season snowfall in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States on December 11, 2023. GEOS models run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).

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