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Elements of the High-Performance Computing and Communications Program:

Computational Aerosciences (CAS)

Accelerates the availability of high-performance computing hardware and software to the U.S. aerospace community for its use in design processes.

Remote Exploration and Experimentation (REE)

Extends supercomputing capabilities developed by industry into routine use in outer space, reducing the mass, size and power consumption of computers used in space.

Earth and Space Sciences (ESS)

Builds an assortment of computer simulated models that combine complex Earth and space science disciplines.

Learning Technologies Project (LT)

Offers NASA science and engineering to the educational community across the Internet.

NASA Research and Education Network (NREN)

Extends U.S. Technological leadership in computer communications by research and development advancing leading-edge networking technology and services.

From the program manager

A new year brings exciting new beginnings and continued contributions throughout HPCC. This issue profiles researchers at the University of Texas who are uncovering fundamental details about how fluids behave in space by using MicroGravity FLOw (MGFLO) software. This study has revealed important safety implications for fire prevention in space stations and the production of silicon crystals for computer chips.

NASA also partners with the aircraft industry to develop the Numerical Propulsion System Simulation, which will allow modeling an entire aircraft engine overnight on cost-effective computer platforms.

Providing a prime example of the potential widespread impact of HPCC efforts, a Cooperative Research Agreement was the catalyst for developing the Computer-Aided Medical Planning system. This breakthrough in medical technology allows computer simulations to provide predictive modeling so physicians will know the best procedure to provide vascular treatment for patients prior to an operation.

Finally, the 'Turbulence in Stars' project uses high-speed networks to connect teams at the Universities of Colorado, Chicago and Minnesota with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center so they can simultaneously analyze the dynamic interaction of solar processes that affect the solar-terrestrial environment and the universe.

And when you finish reading about all these successful initiatives, turn to HPCC's upcoming events to learn about other activities.

Eugene Tu