Using NASA High Performance Computers to Perform Analytics on Large Earth Science Data

Sunday, 6 January 2019, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center 228AB



AMS Short Course on Using NASA High Performance Computers to Perform Analytics on Large Earth Science Data

6 January 2019, Phoenix, AZ

The AMS Short Course on Using NASA High Performance Computers to Perform Analytics on Large Earth Science Data will be held on 6 January 2019 preceding the 99th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.  Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site ( in mid-September 2018. This short course is sponsored by the Conference on Climate Variability and Change.


Downloading large NASA Earth Science data sets is time consuming and requires large local storage resources. The NCCS has addressed this problem by repackaging Earth Science data, including major atmospheric and oceanic reanalysis data sets and downscaled climate projection data sets. To provide access to scientists worldwide, we have developed visualization and analytics tools to utilize NCCS resources to explore the data. The visualization tool, CREATE-V provides quick look access to the reanalyses data, while the Earth Data Analytics Service (EDAS), provides server-side analytics to reanalysis, climate model and observational data. The course is aimed at students and scientists who are interested in utilizing high performance computing on NASA Earth Science data using the latest in server-side technology.


The course will be divided into two parts. The first will provide a description of the tools, including web visualization (CREATE-V), server-side analytics (EDAS) using python and Jupyter Notebooks, and selected GIS services available through an ArcGIS portal.  The available data will be described and science examples (including subsetting and EOF analysis) will be provided. The second part will be a hands-on opportunity for participants to work through examples as well as developing their own code that will then run on NASA high performance computing resources. Attendees will be asked to install the EDAS client software in advance of the course, but help will be available on site as needed. Website:


The course format consists of 1.5 hours of lecture followed by a two hour hands on session with exercises that can be completed during or after the short course. The instructors for the course are associated with the NASA Center for Climate Simulation at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center:


Jerry Potter

Laura Carriere

Tom Maxwell

Dan Duffy


Laptops with the EDAS software installed are required for this course. Installation instructions can be found at and should be completed before the participants arrive at the conference. The software has been tested on Linux Ubuntu 16.04 and above, Mac OSX 10.12.6 and above and Windows 10 running the Windows subsystem for Linux. Instructions for installing Linux on Windows 10 can be found at:


Internet access will be provided.

For more information please contact:


Jerry Potter (, Laura Carriere (, Dan Duffy (, or Tom Maxwell (

Short Course/Workshop Registration

All short course/workshop attendees must register and wear a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration is not included in the 99th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 99th AMS Annual Meeting.

view registration rates