Great Lakes Consortium awards access to Blue Waters supercomputer to 11 research projects

06.02.16 -

How the flu virus enters a cell in the body. Evaluating economic policy impacts of potential future climate change. Understanding the dynamics and physics of atomic matter during galaxy cluster formation. These are just a few of the research projects being pursued by the 11 science and engineering teams from across the country who were awarded time on the Blue Waters supercomputer through the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. Over a twelve-month period, these science and engineering teams will have a combined total of more than 4.3 million node hours on Blue Waters.

Blue Waters, located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of the world’s largest supercomputers, capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and of working with quadrillions of bytes of data.

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation is a collaboration among 29 colleges, universities, national research laboratories, and other educational institutions that facilitates the widespread and effective use of petascale high-performance computing. The consortium has been part of the Blue Waters project for the past eight years and makes annual peer-reviewed allocations on Blue Waters to research projects from GLCPC member institutions.

The 2016-2017 projects and investigators are:

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National Science Foundation

Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards ACI-0725070 and ACI-1238993.