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    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.

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    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 SC16

Visit booth #2501 at SC16 to learn more about big data, big computing, and big research at NCSA. Meet staff, see demos, and get the latest on the Blue Waters supercomputer, our collaborations with industry, the National Data Service, expanding the impact of your research through documentaries, and more.

Who We Are

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) accelerates discovery and innovation through expertise in high-performance computing, data, software, and interdisciplinary research.

Job Fair

NCSA will be at the Student Job/Opportunity Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 18. Talk to an NCSA recruiter about current professional openings and graduate fellowship opportunities!


Contact NCSA Public Affairs.

NCSA Tweets


NCSA will have a variety of demos in the booth.

The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics: A Blue Waters Perspective
Roland Haas, Eliu Huerta, Daniel George

Show times:

  • Monday, Nov. 14 — 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 1:00pm

Dark Energy Survey Galaxies
Felipe Menanteau

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 10:30am
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — Noon
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 — 10am-3pm

AtlanticWave/SDX Controller for Scientific Data Flows
Sean Donovan, Russ Clark, Jeronimo Bezzera, Julio Ibarra

Show time:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 11:00am

The Unofficial History of Visualization
Donna Cox

Show time:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — Noon

University of Tennessee Knoxville/Intel Visualization Collaboration
Alok Hota

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 1:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 — 1:00pm

Fault Tolerance
Parallel Programming Laboratory

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 2:30pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 10:30am

Collaborative SciNet Science Experiment
Katrin Heitmann, Franck Capello

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 11:00am
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 — 11:30am

Blue Waters Software: Cray Module Improvements and Parfu Parallel Archiver
Craig Steffen

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 2:30pm

XSEDE Renewal and the Spin-off of the XSEDE Conference
John Towns

Show time:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 5:00pm

NCSA Industry: An Overview and Breakthroughs
Ahmed Taha

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 2:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 — 2:00pm

Why Scientists Should Care about the National Data Service
Christine Kirkpatrick

Show time:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 3:00pm

Blue Waters Science
Bill Kramer

Show time:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 3:30pm

NCSA Birthday Party
William D. Gropp

Show time:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 4:00pm

Blue Waters Community Engagement
Scott Lathrop

Show time:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17 — 10:30am

Guiding Evolutionary Transfer Function Design with Deep Learning
Mohammad Raji

Show time:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17 — 12:30pm

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Technical Program


Tutorial: Scalable HPC Visualization and Data Analysis Using VisIt 8:30am-Noon

LEADERS: Cyrus Harrison, David Pugmire, Hank Childs, Robert Sisneros, Jens Henrik Göbbert, Matthieu Dorier


Women in HPC: Diversifying the HPC Community 9:00am-5:30pm

LEADERS: Toni Collis, Julia Andrys, Sunita Chandrasekaran, Trish Damkroger, Rebecca Hartman-Baker, Daniel Holmes, Adrian Jackson, Kimberly McMahon, Lorna Rivera, Lorna Smith


Seventh Annual Workshop for the Energy Efficient HPC Working Group (EE HPC WG) 9:00am-5:30pm

AUTHORS: Michael Patterson, Torsten Wilde, Natalie Bates, Stephen Poole, Daniel Hackenberg, Thomas Durbin, Steve Martin, Dale Sartor, et al


Education/Career Keynote and Pitch-It Workshop 1:30pm-2:15pm

LEADER: Wen-Mei Hwu


Tutorial: Advanced MPI Programming 8:30am-5:00pm

LEADERS: Pavan Balaji, William D. Gropp, Torsten Hoefler, Rajeev Thakur


Third SC Workshop on Best Practices for HPC Training 9:00am-12:30pm

AUTHORS: Scott Lathrop, Jay Alameda, Carl Albing, Nia Alexandrov, Dana Brunson, Fernanda Foertter, Richard Gerber, Bilel Hadri, Rebecca Hartman-Baker, Susan Mehringer, et al


Evaluating HPC Networks via Simulation of Parallel Workloads 11:00am-11:30am

AUTHORS: Nikhil Jaini, Abhinav Bhatele, Sam White, Todd Gamblin, Laxmikant V. Kale


BoF: On-Demand Infrastructure for Data Analytics and Storage 12:15pm-1:15pm

LEADERS: Franck Cappello, Gabrielle Allen


HPC Education: Meeting of the SIGHPC Education Chapter 12:15pm-1:15pm

LEADERS: Richard Coffey, Steven Gordon, Scott Callaghan, David Halstead


Panel: National Strategic Computing Initiative Update 1:30pm-3:00pm

PANELISTS: Keith Marzullo, Steve Binkley, Gil Herrera, Irene Qualters, Erin Szulman, Susan Gregurick


Scalable Non-Blocking Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient Methods 2:30pm-3:00pm

AUTHORS: Paul R. Eller, William D. Gropp


FlipBack: Automatic Targeted Protection Against Silent Data Corruption 4:30pm-5:00pm

AUTHORS: Xiang Ni, Laxmikant Kale


BoF: How to Build Diverse Teams for More Effective Research 5:15pm-7:00pm

LEADERS: Toni Collis, Lorna Rivera


Mapping Applications on Irregular Allocations 5:15pm-7:00pm

AUTHOR: Seonmyeong Bak


Meta-Balancer: Automating Load Balancing Decisions 5:15pm-7:00pm

AUTHORS: Harshitha Menon, Kavitha Chandrasekar, Laxmikant Kale


Black-Box Kernel-Level Performance Modeling For GPUs 5:15pm-7:00pm

AUTHORS: James D. Stevens, Andreas Klöckner


Reducing Communication Costs in the Parallel SpMV 5:15pm-7:00pm

AUTHORS: Amanda J. Bienz, Luke Olson


Data Mining Tornadogenesis Precursors 11:00am-11:15am

AUTHORS: Greg Foss, Amy McGovern, Corey Potvin, Greg Abram, Anne Bowen, Neena Hulkoti, Arnav Kaul, Nick Suey


Charm++ and AMPI: Adaptive and Asynchronous Parallel Programming 12:15pm-1:15pm

LEADERS: Phil Miller, Laxmikant (Sanjay) Kale, Sam White


BoF: HDF5: State of the Union 12:15pm-1:15pm

LEADERS: Quincey Koziol, David Pearah


BoF: HPC Outreach: Promoting Supercomputing to the Next Generation 5:15pm-7:00pm

LEADERS: Nick Brown, Scott Callaghan, Lorna Rivera


BoF: Software Engineering for Computational Science and Engineering on Supercomputers 10:30am-Noon

LEADERS: David Bernholdt, Jeffrey Carver, Daniel Katz, Mike Heroux, Neil Chue Hong, James Lin, Kengo Nakajima


Measuring and Understanding Throughput of Network Topologies 11:30am-Noon

AUTHORS: Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, Ankit Singla, P. Brighten Godfrey, Alexandra Kolla


High-Frequency Nonlinear Earthquake Simulations on Petascale Heterogeneous Supercomputers 3:30pm-4:00pm

AUTHORS: Daniel Roten, Yifeng Cui, Kim B. Olsen, Steven M. Day, Kyle Withers, William Savran, Peng Wang, Dawei Mu


Panel: Data Analytics Support for HPC System Management 10:30am-Noon

PANELISTS: Abani Patra, Matthew Ezell, William Scullin, Michael Showerman, Thomas Furlani, William Barth, James Brandt

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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.

XSEDE's SC16 booth is #3631. Scientists and engineers around the world use these resources and services—things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools—to make our lives healthier, safer, and better. XSEDE, and the experts who lead the program, will make these resources easier to use and help more people use them. You can follow XSEDE on Facebook (/XSEDEscience) and Twitter (@XSEDEscience).

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. 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.

For complete eligibility and application details and to apply online, go to https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/fellowships.

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