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April 10, 2014

NCSA Presents Blue Waters Symposium for Petascale Science and Beyond

April 10 — The second annual NCSA Blue Waters Symposium for Petascale Science and Beyond will be held May 12-15, 2014, in Champaign, Illinois. Science teams from across the nation use Blue Waters to simulate the evolution of the cosmos, delve into fine-scale processes in molecular dynamics and quantum physics, and solve many research challenges in between. Many of these projects require a large portion of the hundreds of thousands of processors that constitute Blue Waters and would be difficult or impossible to run elsewhere.

Hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), this symposium will bring together these leaders in petascale computational science and engineering and serve as an opportunity for sharing successes, methods, and future challenges in petascale+ computing and analysis.

Principal investigators and other representatives from the science teams will demonstrate the power and importance of this unique computing resource by sharing how the petascale powerhouse enables their science results. The symposium will also provide forums such as panels and working groups for high-bandwidth information exchanges between teams and investigators. Charles Seife, author of “Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From Our Brains to Black Holes,” will deliver the keynote address. Charlie Cattlet, Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, will give a plenary talk on the intersection of high-performance computing, big data, and challenges in urban development.

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About Blue Waters

Blue Waters—supported by National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications—is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world and is the fastest supercomputer on a university campus. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenging problems, from predicting the behavior of complex biological systems to simulating the evolution of the cosmos. Built from the latest technologies from Cray, Inc., this supercomputer uses hundreds of thousands of computational cores to achieve peak performance of more than 13 quadrillion calculations per second. For more information, visit


Source: NCSA