Computational & Information Sciences & Technology (606) Home

The Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) provides Information Technology (IT) and computational services, as well as applied information system research and services, to support the research programs of the Science and Exploration Directorate (SED). The office provides high performance computing and networking, mass storage and information systems technologies, computational science expertise, software engineering and performance optimization services, information technology (IT) security services, scientific visualization services, research in information science and technology, and educational and outreach programs. CISTO is SED's interface with Goddard's Chief Information Officer and IT organizations in Code 700 regarding IT security policy, implementation, and services, Enterprise Architecture development and compliance, strategic IT investment planning and management, and implementing NASA and Goddard IT policies and initiatives to ensure compliance. CISTO also develops strategies to optimize cost-effective use of information technologies in support of the Directorate's mission.


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606.1 -The Networks and Information Technology (IT) Security Group provides strategic network planning, services, and capabilities to meet the research and mission requirements of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate (SED) now and in the future.
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606.2 -The High-Performance Computing Group manages and operates the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), one of the world's most powerful supercomputer and data storage centers.
606.3 -The Information Science and Technology Research Group performs strategic planning to prioritize information technology advances needed to enable science investigations and missions.
606.4 - The Scientific Visualization Studio facilitates scientific inquiry and outreach within NASA programs through visualization, such as videos and animation. The SVS collaborates with scientists to create visualization products, systems, and processes to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at Goddard.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Magnetic Connections

Magnetic field lines arched and twisted above a small group of active regions and even reached out to connect to each other (Aug. 18-20, 2014).

NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

A new NASA field campaign - the Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) - will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate.

NASA Visualization Explorer Now Available For All iOS Devices

The popular NASA Visualization Explorer app, first launched for the iPad in July 2011, is now available for the iPhone and all Apple iOS devices.

Nancy Palm - Witness To the Computer Evolution

After almost 37 years at Goddard, computer scientist Nancy Palm has seen computers evolve from filling an entire room to fitting in the palm of one’s hand.

Heating Up

Explore climate model projections of 21st century global temperatures in visualizations from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation.
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Office News

Lunar map built with Discover supercomputer on Geophysical Research Letters cover

cover image thumbnailA GRAIL mission lunar map built with help from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (606.2) Discover supercomputer and visualized by the Scientific Visualization Studio’s Ernie Wright (606.4/USRA) graces the 5/28/2014 cover of Geophysical Research Letters.

The visualization also appears in “Science Graphic of the Week: A Psychedelic Gravity Map of the Moon’s Surface,” Wired, 6/26/2014.
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Code 606 is the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO), the information technology (IT) office supporting the Sciences and Exploration Directorate.

Contact Us

Dr. W. Phil Webster
Chief [606]
Nancy A Laubenthal
Deputy Chief [606]
Lead [606.1]
Lead [606.3]
Daniel Q Duffy
Lead [606.2]
Dr. Horace G Mitchell
Lead [606.4]
Heidi M Dewan
Office Coordinator [606]

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Center Public Affairs office at 1.301.286.8955.

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