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

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Bill Gropp

Bill Gropp

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

Many problems in the sciences require more computing power and I/O performance than is available on all but the largest machines. Using these systems effectively requires a quantitative approach to performance, applied from the selection of model and algorithm to the choice of programming languages and libraries. This course will introduce students to the features of extreme-scale systems and how to use performance modeling to design, implement, and tune large-scale applications in simulation and data-intensive science. This course will include video lectures, quizzes, and homework assignments and will provide students with accounts on the petascale Blue Waters supercomputer.

The course will be taught by Bill Gropp, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the Department of Computer Science and director of the Parallel Computing Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the spirit of broader engagement, NCSA is also seeking university partners that are interested in offering the course for credit to their students. Interested faculty should contact Steve Gordon, organizer of the Blue Waters course program, at

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