Tag: NASA

Unlocking the Mysteries of Space

Jun 16, 2015 |

Some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world are helping NASA scientists reveal the mysteries of the universe. The intensive discovery process would not be possible without the modeling and simulation capabilities of high-performance computers, like Pleiades, which is located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center, and Titan, the fastest Read more…

NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

Apr 29, 2015 |

In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. The open procurement process included the benchmarking of NCCS codes – notably the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version Read more…

NASA Supercomputer Intensifies Exomoon Search

Feb 11, 2015 |

Aliens – they aren’t just the cornerstone of science fiction; they’re at the center of a key question for astronomers and philosophers alike: “Are we alone in the universe?” Recently, NASA has made strides toward answering this question through its search for potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system. Not only could finding such a Read more…

NASA Discovers Eight New Planets in ‘Goldilocks’ Zone

Jan 8, 2015 |

This week, astronomers announced they’ve found eight new planets that could be “just right” for supporting human life. These planets, found in the “Goldilocks” zone of their respective stars, are of so much interest because their orbits put them at a distance where liquid water, the basis of life on Earth, could naturally occur. While Read more…

NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

Nov 25, 2014 |

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about Read more…

Why HPC Matters

Nov 19, 2014 |

When the SC14 show floor opened in New Orleans Monday night, signage everywhere proclaimed this year’s theme: HPC Matters. The new program, first announced at last year’s show in Denver, is all about broader engagement. It’s about getting the word out to the public – to policymakers, educators and regular people – about the role HPC Read more…

Google Expands Quantum Computing Program

Sep 3, 2014 |

Google and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are partnering on a super-fast “quantum” computer chip with the potential to dramatically alter the supercomputing landscape with its power and speed. The search giant announced Tuesday that renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, would become the newest members of Read more…

How NASA Is Meeting the Big Data Challenge

Apr 7, 2014 |

As the scientific community pushes past petaflop into exascale territory, it is imperative that the tools to support ever-more data-intensive workloads keep pace. No where is this more true than at the storied NASA research complex. With 100 active missions supporting cutting-edge science, NASA knows more than most about compute- and data-driven challenges. A recent paper Read more…

Everything You Always Wanted to Ask D-Wave

Jan 13, 2014 |

Whether or not the D-Wave quantum computer is in actuality a quantum computer is a debate that HPCwire has been following since the project hatched in 2007. Early critics of the system claimed that it wasn’t a “real” quantum computer. Since that time, D-Wave has been winning over supporters, including Google, NASA and Lockheed Martin. Read more…

NASA Earth Science Data Now Available on AWS

Nov 12, 2013 |

NASA and Amazon Web Services have joined forces to provide an easier and more efficient way for researchers to access and process earth science data. A large collection of climate and earth science satellite data produced by the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) will now be freely available to research and educational users as well as citizen Read more…

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