The Center for Computational Science conducts research and development to advance computing and communications systems to solve Navy problems. The Center accomplishes this mission through a balanced focus on service, research, and development. The Center is committed to investigating and developing leading-edge technologies to establish an advanced computational environment that will benefit all research areas. The Center studies new technologies to evaluate their potential. Promising technologies are further developed, enhanced, and transitioned to production systems. The Center's operational efforts provide for a computing environment that emphasizes reliability, high performance, and user productivity. Current research and development thrusts include: parallel and distributed hardware, software, and display technologies; signal processing techniques directed toward exploitation of massively parallel systems; hardware architecture independent systems for developing and porting code for parallel processing; and high-speed networks. The Center also includes the Ruth H. Hooker Research Library. The Library is a comprehensive electronic and physical collection of scientific reference material and tools that is targeted to the research mission of the Laboratory and the needs of the individual scientists. The on-line electronic databases developed exclusively by the NRL Library staff contain millions of articles that can be cross-referenced and efficiently accessed to facilitate the daily needs of the researcher.

The Center services NRL, the Office of Naval Research, and other clients within the DoD. It participates as a partner in the DoD's High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) and in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored National Consortium (NCHPC) as well as interacting with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) meta-center sites nationwide. Most importantly, the CCS provides support to researchers nationwide to solve real world problems by maintaining a balanced focus on service, research, and development.