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Celebrating Two Years of Blue Waters Supercomputing at NCSA


This week NCSA celebrated two years of Blue Waters supercomputing in an event convened by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The powerful Cray supercomputer is used by scientists and engineers across the country to tackle challenging research for the benefit of science and society.

Video: Bill Kramer on How Blue Waters Advances Science

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In this video, Bill Kramer from NCSA describes the ground-breaking science enabled by the Blue Waters supercomputer.

Earthquake Prediction Using the Blue Waters Supercomputer

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The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), using the power of the petascale Blue Waters Supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has developed a physics-based model called CyberShake that simulates how an earthquake works rather than approximating the tremors based on observations.

Bill Gropp to Teach Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems

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NCSA’s Blue Waters project will offer of an online graduate course on Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems in spring 2015.

Seven New Projects Win Time on Blue Waters from NSF

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The NSF has awarded 14 new allocations on the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer at NCSA. Seven of the awards are for new projects.

NCSA Adds 20PB to World’s Largest File Repository


Today Spectra Logic announced that NCSA has increased the capacity of the Spectra tape libraries that support the Blue Waters project, which is one of the world’s largest, most powerful supercomputers. The NCSA expanded its tape active archive capacity with the recent addition of 20 petabytes, and cited Spectra’s high performance, ease of use, affordability, scalability and excellent support received during the organizations’ two-year partnership.

Kramer Becomes Research Professor, Brings Closer Ties to NCSA

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The University of Illinois announced that William Kramer will take on additional duties as a research professor this year. Since 2008, he has been with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) on the University of Illinois campus, where he is the director and principal investigator of the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer project.

Cobham Goes Parallel with Electromagentic Design


Opera’s space charge solver (also known as SCALA) uses code that is specifically optimized for the shared-memory architecture of multi-core processors.

Torsten Hoefler on How the SC13 Best Paper Came Together


“In this work, we develop scalable bufferless protocols that implement the MPI-3.0 specification. Our protocols support scaling to millions of cores with negligible memory consumption while providing highest performance and minimal overheads.”