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Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

photo of people at the poster party

Photos from this year's Poster Blowout are available now. Congratulations to everyone, especially this year's winners!

Bill Fink to receive 2018 Excellence in IS&T Award

Congratulations to Bill Fink, who will receive the 2018 Excellence in Information Science & Technology (IS&T) Award for his work in networks and IT security. Bill will be honored during the 2018 Agency Honor Awards ceremony which will be held in September 2018 in the Building 8 Auditorium.

Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

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Science Jamboree event photos

The 2016 Science Jamboree was a great success! A collection of 50 photos from the event are available now.

Scientists featured in NPR piece on Climate Warming

Gavin Schmidt, Dan Duffy, and Phil Webster are all featured in the NPR story "Big Data Predicts Centuries Of Harm If Climate Warming Goes Unchecked". Read the article or listen to the audio at the link.

CISTO Intern Posters

poster thumbnail CISTO had three summer interns this year. Their full-sized posters are available.

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.

WIRED mentions HECN team's record data transfer speeds

“The Shadow Internet That’s 100 Times Faster Than Google Fiber,” Wired, 6/17/2014, mentions the High End Computer Networking Team’s 91-gigabit-per-second transfer between Denver and GSFC last November as “the fastest end-to-end data transfer ever conducted under ‘real world’ conditions”. Read the Wired article.

Read the report on the team’s experiments/demonstrations. (PDF)

SVS visualization wins NSF/Science magazine award

A jury appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science magazine has selected "Excerpt from Dynamic Earth" as the winner of the 2013 NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for the Video category. This animation will be highlighted in the February 2014 special section of Science and will be hosted on and

Tom Maxwell receives Ultra-scale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tools (UVCDAT) consortium award

At last week's Ultra-scale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tools / Earth Science Grid Federation (UVCDAT/ESGF) Face-to-Face meeting in the San Francisco area, Tom Maxwell (606.2/CSC) was presented with an award for 'Outstanding Contributions to the Development of UV-CDAT'. The director of the Ultra-scale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tools (UVCDAT) consortium, Dean Williams, presented the award.

HECN group achieves record network data transfer rate

At SuperComputing 2013 in Denver, Colorado, the High End Computer Networking (HECN, 606.1) Team achieved a record network data transfer rate of over 91 Gigabits per second (Gbps) for a disk-to-disk file transfer between a single pair of high performance RAID servers across a 100 Gbps Wide Area Network (WAN), with one server located at SC13 and the other at NASA Goddard. This record was made possible by collaborating with the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), the Department of Energy's ESnet, Brocade, the University of Chicago's Laboratory for Advanced Computing (LAC), and Northwestern University's International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR).

Planet on Fire on NASA Viz iPad app

The story “Planet on Fire” went live in the NASA Visualization Explorer iPad app on March 7. It showcases a global tour of fires from the MODIS instruments aboard the Terra and Aqua satellites and the GEOS-5/GOCART models run by the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO, 610.1) on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS, 606.2) Discover supercomputer. The story has received over 131,700 hits. The story content is available on the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS, 606.4) website.

SVS visualization featured in Science Magazine

Science coverThe February 2013 issue of Science Magazine features an image made by Ernest T. Wright (606.4) from the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS). The image highlights the free-air gravity map developed by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. The Science cover can be seen at:

SVS visualization featured in National Geographic

The February 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine highlights the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS, Code 606.4) visualization “Perpetual Ocean” in a full-page story. The visualization is available on their digital edition.

James Tilton to recieve American Astronautical Society’s 2012 Lloyd V. Berkner Award

James C. Tilton was recently selected to receive the American Astronautical Society’s 2012 Lloyd V. Berkner Award, “In recognition of his efforts in commercial utilization of space technology, specifically for the commercial utilization of his Recursive Hierarchical Segmentation (RHSEG) software.” Dr. Tilton will be presented with this award at the Awards Luncheon to be held on March 20 at the Greenbelt Marriott, in conjunction with the 51st Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium.

NCCS doubles computational capacity available to researchers

In late October 2012, the NCCS doubled the computational capacity it provides for SMD researchers by completing installation of 480 Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge nodes, and installing 240 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors (Many Integrated Core, MIC) on its Discover Linux Cluster. With the addition of another 240 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors in early November, Discover's peak capacity will exceed 1 PetaFLOP, poising the system to accommodate greater numbers of climate simulation ensemble members and the very fine resolutions required to investigate problems such as the effects of regional weather events on seasonal climate.

Phil Webster's photo featured on NASA social media

photo of Phil Webster in front of video wall showing satellite image of Earth Over the past few days, this photo of Phil Webster was featured on several NASA social media sites and the NASA home page. See
NASA Facebook page (permalink)

Jim Tilton wins 2011 R&D 100 Award

We congratulate Dr. James C. Tilton (Code 606.3) on receiving R&D Magazine's 2011 R&D 100 Award at the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards Ceremony in Orlando, FL on October 13. Dr. Tilton was recognized in conjunction with Bartron Medical Imaging, Inc. for the development of MED-SEG, a software tool that receives medical images and data from various imaging sources. The R&D 100 Awards, widely recognized as the "Oscars of Innovation," identifies and celebrates the top high technology products of the year, such as sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.

Jerry Potter elected to the AMS

Jerry Potter has been elected as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Congratulations to Jerry! He will receive his award in January 2012.

User Support Success Story: Optimizing the Geodesic Application

SIVO staff (Maharaja Pandian and Tom Clune) have assisted a NASA Center for Climate Simulation user by optimizing the performance of his Geodesic application, which is used to visualize satellite rainfall data by mapping the data onto a representation of the Earth's surface. In its initial form, the code took over a week to map a complete set of data at its highest resolution. After profiling several scenarios, SIVO implemented three separate performance enhancements in the application, yielding a net 88 fold reduction in execution time -- an improvement of nearly two orders of magnitude. Further optimizations may become necessary as the user pushes to even higher resolutions for certain categories of data.

SIVO Senior Computational Scientist Announces Modeling Guru Blog

Tom Clune, a SIVO Senior Computational Scientist, has started a Modeling Guru blog about effective scientific modeling from a software engineering perspective.
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