NSCA Forms Blue Waters User Advisory Committee

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NCSA logoToday NCSA announced the formation of the Science and Engineering Team Advisory Committee (SETAC). The new organization brings together a diverse group of Blue Waters users to provide guidance on the project’s growth and development through an end-user perspective. As a part of their role in the SETAC, chosen representatives will make annual recommendations for positive change and improvement within the Blue Waters project.

SETAC committee members represent current science and engineering teams and were selected to reflect the breadth of research being done on Blue Waters, and includes appointees from each of the Blue Waters user groups: Petascale Computing Resource Allocation (PRAC); Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC); University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and industrial affiliates.

The SETAC will be expected to provide guidance on the overall vision of Blue Waters through various functions. With access to Blue Waters operation monitoring, the committee will be able to better provide guidance for delivering the best possible performance to enable achieving science and engineering teams’ objectives. They will be able to make recommendations on technical directions, strategies, and management while identifying potential challenges for petascale applications. As users themselves, the SETAC will also provide advice for solving common issues that arise from moving applications to Blue Waters and from system software at scale. Members will also be expected to offer suggestions on how to improve communications between the project and its science and engineering communities and the general public.

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