• Extraordinary Impact

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications leads the nation in computational and data analysis, transforming scientific and industrial research across the broadest range of disciplines.

  • America's Supercomputing Center

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications leads the nation in computational and data analysis, transforming scientific and industrial research across the broadest range of disciplines.

NCSA at SC13

Visit booth #1122 at SC13 to learn more about the Blue Waters supercomputer, our collaborations with industry, NCSA's data management and analysis expertise, and more.

Who We Are

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) provides powerful computers and expert support that help scientists and engineers discover and innovate.

Get Inked with NCSA!

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Coding Illini

NCSA staff and University of Illinois computer science students will compete against 7 other teams in the Intel Parallel Universe Coding Challenge, with a $25,000 grand prize going to the charity of the winner's choice. Cheer on the #CodingIllini!

Job Fair

NCSA will be at the SC13 Job Fair from 10 am to 3 pm Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Rooms 605/607 of the Denver Convention Center. Talk to an NCSA recruiter about current professional openings and graduate fellowship opportunities!

Questions?

Contact Trish Barker, 217-390-3593.

Meet NCSA's New Director

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H. Edward Seidel - NCSA Director

Incoming NCSA director H. Edward Seidel will be at the NCSA booth on Monday, Nov. 18. Stop by during the gala opening to meet Dr. Seidel!


NCSA Receives Honors in 2013 HPCwire Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Awards

NCSA received the HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award for Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences for the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer to achieve a significant breakthrough in the understanding of HIV.

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Technical Talks

11.18.13

November 18 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

Ultra-High Resolution Simulation of a Downburst-Producing Thunderstorm (Visualization Showcase)
AUTHOR(S): Robert Sisneros, Leigh Orf, George Bryan

11.19.13

November 19 - 8:30am-5:00pm

Ultra-High Resolution Simulation of a Downburst-Producing Thunderstorm (Visualization Showcase)
AUTHOR(S): Robert Sisneros, Leigh Orf, George Bryan

11.19.13

November 19 - 10:30am-11:15am

Extreme Scale Computational Biology
INVITED SPEAKER: Klaus Schulten

11.19.13

November 19 - 12:15pm-1:15pm

Best Practices for Commissioning Liquid Cooling Infrastructure
BOF PANELISTS: David Martinez, Thomas Durbin, Michael Ellsworth

11.19.13

November 19 - 1:30pm-2:15pm

The Role of HPC in Education
INVITED SPEAKER: Thom Dunning

11.19.13

November 19 - 2:30pm-3pm

Petascale WRF Simulation of Hurricane Sandy: Deployment of NCSAs Cray XE6 Blue Waters
AUTHOR(S): Peter Johnsen, Mark Straka, Melvyn Shapiro, Alan Norton, Thomas Galarneau

11.19.13

November 19 - 3:30pm-4pm

Physics-Based Seismic Hazard Analysis on Petascale Heterogeneous Supercomputers
AUTHOR(S): Yifeng Cui, Efecan Poyraz, Kim B. Olsen, Jun Zhou, Kyle Withers, Scott Callaghan, Jeff Larkin, Clark C. Guest, Dong Ju Choi, Amit Chourasia, Zheqiang Shi, Steven M. Day, Philip J. Maechling, Thomas H. Jordan

11.20.13

November 20 - 8:30am-5:00pm

Ultra-High Resolution Simulation of a Downburst-Producing Thunderstorm (Visualization Showcase)
AUTHOR(S): Robert Sisneros, Leigh Orf, George Bryan

11.20.13

November 20 - 3:30pm-5:00pm

Fault Tolerance/Resilience at Petascale/Exascale: Is it Really Critical? Are Solutions Necessarily Disruptive?
PANELISTS: Franck Cappello, Marc Snir, Bronis De Supinski, Al Geist, John Daly, Ana Gainaru, Satoshi Matsuoka

11.20.13

November 20 - 3:30pm-5:00pm

The Tale of VisIt and Two Skinny Guys (A description of the Blue Waters Project, its analysis and visualization team, and their use of VisIt to support large-scale science.)
PRESENTER: Robert Sisneros
Intelligent Light/VisIt booth #4216

11.21.13

November 21 - 8:30am-12:00pm

Ultra-High Resolution Simulation of a Downburst-Producing Thunderstorm (Visualization Showcase)
AUTHOR(S): Robert Sisneros, Leigh Orf, George Bryan

11.21.13

November 21 - 12:15pm-1:15pm

HPC Training Perspectives and Collaborations from PRACE (Europe), XSEDE (US) and RIKEN AICS (Japan)
BOF PANELISTS: David Henty, Scott Lathrop, Mitsuhisa Sato

11.22.13

November 22 - 8:30am-10am

Programming And Managing Systems At Scale
Panelists: Chad Harrington, Don Maxwell, William Kramer, Brady Kimball, Larry Kaplan, Morris Jette, John Hengeveld

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About NCSA

Accelerating Science, Engineering, and Productivity

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) was founded in 1986 to provide the nation’s scientists and engineers with the supercomputing resources and expertise needed for scientific and engineering breakthroughs. Since that time NCSA has enabled researchers around the nation to help fight pandemics, improve weather forecasts, design new materials, and explore the universe.

NCSA is the home to the Blue Waters petascale computing system, which sustained performance of 1 quadrillion (or 1 million billion) arithmetic operations per second on a range of real applications and manages and analyzes truly massive amounts of data (millions of billions of bytes).

NCSA staff also lead and contribute in many ways to the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a nationwide virtual organization that provides digital resources, support, and expertise to help scientists, engineers, and scholars.

In its more than 25 years of collaboration with industry, NCSA has worked with more than one-third of the Fortune50®—enabling them to use advanced computing technology to improve existing products and design new products. These companies span a number of sectors, including manufacturing, oil & gas, biomedical & life sciences, finance, and agriculture. Current partners include Boeing, BP, Caterpillar, John Deere, Dow, ExxonMobil, GE, Procter & Gamble, Rolls-Royce, and John Zink, as well as many smaller companies and technology vendors.

As part of its industrial program, NCSA deployed iforge, a high-performance computer designed to address the most pressing problems faced by NCSA’s industry partners. Industry partners can also scale up to run their codes on the Blue Waters supercomputer.

NCSA is also at the forefront of data-intensive research

  • NCSA and its collaborators provide a data management framework for the Dark Energy Survey, which is using the world’s largest digital camera to undertake the largest galaxy survey ever attempted. Scientists at NCSA use the framework to process, calibrate, and archive the massive amounts of data—quadrillions of bytes over the lifetime of the survey—that will be collected for the DES.
  • NCSA is embarking on a $10 million effort, dubbed Brown Dog, to develop software to manage and make sense of vast amounts of digital data. While technology has made it easy for everyone to create and share vast amounts of digital data—including images, video, and audio—searching, sorting, accessing and understanding that data is very challenging. Among the major issues: lack of metadata (the data about the data that describe when and how and by whom is was produced) and difficulty accessing data in outdated formats. The NCSA team will develop services to make the contents of uncurated data collections accessible.
  • The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will use an 8.4-meter telescope and 3-gigapixel camera to produce a wide-field astronomical survey of the universe that tracks its changes over time. In addition to probing the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter, LSST is designed to detect exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects. LSST will collect tens of terabytes of data every night, which will be processed, calibrated, and archived by NCSA.

To learn more about NCSA visit www.ncsa.illinois.edu.

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About Blue Waters

Accelerating Science, Engineering, and Productivity

How do viruses spread destruction throughout your body? Why do some storms produce tornadoes and others do not? How you can prepare for earthquakes and the destruction that they cause?

The Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA is designed to address these and many other pressing problems.

Blue Waters is a truly extraordinary computer:

  • Nearly 27,000 compute nodes and more than 4,000 NVIDIA Kepler GPU accelerators. If you could multiply two numbers together every second, it would take you 32 million years to do what Blue Waters does each second.
  • More than 1.5 petabytes of memory, enough to store 300 million images from your digital camera.
  • More than 25 petabytes of disk storage, enough to store all of the printed documents in all of the world’s libraries.
  • Up to 500 petabytes of tape storage, enough to store 10 percent of all of the words spoken in the existence of humankind.

Blue Waters, which is based on advanced technologies from Cray, Inc., was funded by a major grant from the National Science Foundation with supplemental funding from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the state of Illinois. The project is led by William T.C. Kramer.

Computing Resources for All

Scientists, engineers, educators, and companies from across the United States use Blue Waters to better understand viruses, space weather, and hurricanes, among many other projects.

  • At least 80 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters is available to scientists and engineers across the country through the National Science Foundation's Petascale Computing Resource Allocation program.
  • Up to 7 percent of Blue Waters is available to faculty, staff and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Researchers at institutions in the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation can apply annually for time on Blue Waters.
  • Blue Waters is available to educators and students for classes, workshops, and special projects.
  • Companies can also apply to use Blue Waters for their advanced modeling and simulation needs.

Graduate Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships, which will provide selected PhD students with a year of support, including a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition allowance, a 100,000 node-hour allocation on Blue Waters, and funds to support travel to a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium. Four to six fellowships are expected to be awarded this year. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in a multidisciplinary research project that combines disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science applications.

Applications, including all supporting materials, must be submitted no later than 9 pm EST on Feb. 3, 2014. For complete eligibility and application details and to apply online, go to https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/fellowships.

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