Experts from NASA and across the U.S. will present their latest research results and supercomputing achievements at SC16, the international high-performance computing conference, Nov. 14-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Supercomputers have become essential to tracking climate patterns around the globe, designing safer aircraft and spacecraft and exploring the mysteries of our galaxy.

NASA will showcase 40 mission projects that benefit from the agency’s high-performance computing resources, including complex aerodynamic simulations; global pictures of shifting patterns of ozone; game-changing modeling and simulations of entry, descent, and landing systems for future space missions; and 3D models and visualizations of magnetic field cycle of the sun and other solar phenomena.

At SC16, NASA scientists and engineers will discuss technology advances made at the agency’s two leading supercomputing centers, Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California, and Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. This year, the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at NASA Ames greatly expanded the power of its Pleiades supercomputer; upcoming performance tests will validate the productivity of the agency’s supercomputing resources while minimizing energy costs and impact on the environment.

Attendees will see demonstrations at NASA’s exhibit booth #1511 at the Salt Palace Convention Center by scientists, engineers, and technologists from across the agency, including Ames; Goddard; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California; Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia; and Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama; along with university and corporate partners.

In addition, agency staff also will be presenters at several technical programs, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions, and will support the NASA job fair booth.

Media who wish to schedule on-site interviews should contact Jill Dunbar at or 408-203-8048, or Jarrett Cohen at or 301-257-9595.

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