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Register now for Virtual School summer courses on data-intensive and many-core computing

Graduate students, post-docs and professionals from academia, government, and industry are invited to sign up now for two summer school courses offered by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering. Data Intensive Summer School (July 8-10, 2013) Proven Algorithmic Techniques for Many-core Processors (July 29-Aug. 2, 2013) These Virtual School courses will be delivered … Continued

Undergraduate SPIN fellows to present their NCSA projects on May 1

University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the SPIN Fellows Symposium from 3:30 to 5:30 pm May 1 at the NCSA Building, Room 1040. Students participating in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ SPIN Fellows program will present their work, and a pizza reception will follow. NCSA SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) … Continued

What is a petaflop?!

A petaflop is a measure of a supercomputer’s calculating speed—it refers to the completion of 1 quadrillion calculations per second. NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer can provide a petaflop and more for a wide range of science and engineeering problems. 1 peta = 1 quadrillion = 1015 = 1,000,000,000,000,000 42,000,000,000: 1 quadrillion kernels of wheat would … Continued

See Blue Waters March 9!

Saturday, March 99 am – 3 pmSelf-guided tours National Petascale Computing Facility1725 S. Oak St, Champaign Come to the National Petascale Computing Facility for a first-hand look at Blue Waters, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world! With a sustained speed over 1 petaflop, Blue Waters is capable of performing more than 1 quadrillion … Continued

How do scientists use supercomputers?

Sure supercomputers are fast and powerful, but what do they really DO? This video explains how scientists and engineers use mathematical models to understand galaxies, viruses, earthquakes, tornadoes, and more. A transcript of this video is available (PDF)

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