Great Lakes Consortium awards Blue Waters resources to 9 research teams

03.13.15 -

Nine research teams from a wide range of disciplines have been awarded computational and data resources on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and working with quadrillions of bytes of data. Its massive scale and balanced architecture enable scientists and engineers to tackle research challenges that could not be addressed with other computing systems.

Up to 2 percent of that capacity is allocated through a peer-review process to projects at the almost 30 institutions that form the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation.

Renewed projects

  • Dinshaw Balsara, University of Notre Dame, and Peter Mendygral, Cray. Comparing CAF and MPI-3 and Simulating Protostellar Core Formation with Two-fluid MHD
  • Jerry P. Draayer, Louisiana State University. Next-Generation ab initio Symmetry-Adapted No-Core Shell Model and its Impact on Nucleosynthesis
  • Lars Hansen, University of Chicago; William A. Brock, University of Wisconsin; Thomas Hertel, Purdue University. Policy Responses to Climate Change in a Dynamic Stochastic Economy
  • Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi, University of Illinois at Chicago. Functional Mechanism of the Bacterial Efflux Pump

New projects

  • David Ackerman, Iowa State University. Confinement and Orientation Effects in Semi-flexible Polymer Structures. Ackerman previously had an education allocation on Blue Waters.
  • Peter Freddolino, Morteza Khabiri, and Taeho Jo, University of Michigan. Computational mapping of DNA-binding protein affinity landscapes
  • Jia Deng and Jason Corso, University of Michigan. Petascale Learning for Video Understanding
  • Shankar Subramaniam, Iowa State University. Modeling fluid-solid heat transfer using particle-resolved direct numerical simulation
  • Brian O’Shea and Eric F. Bell, Michigan State University; David C. Collins, Florida State University; J. Christopher Howk, University of Notre Dame; and John H.Wise, Georgia Institute of Technology. Petascale simulations of Milky Way-type galaxies and their environments. O’Shea has also received an allocation on Blue Waters through the National Science Foundation’s Petascale Computing Resource Allocation process.

For more information about these projects and other science and engineering work being propelled by Blue Waters, visit

National Science Foundation

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