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NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility

The NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division is located at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California (near Mountain View, California).

It provides computing resources for various NASA projects including: simulating space shuttle launches for future space missions, projecting the impact of human activity on weather patterns, by designing safe, efficient space exploration vehicles and aircraft.

The NAS houses the Columbia Supercomputer, a 10,240-processor supercomputer built from 20 SGI Altix systems, each powered by 512 Intel Itanium 2 processors.

The NAS also makes extensive use of the Condor cycle scavenger to distribute large computations across multiple computers.

As of 2009, ANS has three supercomputers. From oldest to newest:
Schiller Supercomputer:
40 nodes, 640 cores
30 TFlops

Columbia Supercomputer:
14,336 cores (used to be 10,240)
88 TFlops

Pleiades Supercomputer
6,400 nodes (two quad-core processors per node), 51,200 cores
600 TFlops

External links

  • NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division Home Page
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