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Blue Waters Illinois allocations awarded to 26 research teams

by Hannah Remmert

Twenty-six research teams at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been allocated computation time on the National Center for Supercomputing Application’s (NCSA) sustained-petascale Blue Waters supercomputer after applying in Fall 2016. These allocations range from 25,000 to 600,000 node-hours of compute time over a time span of either six months or one year. The research pursuits of these teams are incredibly diverse, ranging anywhere from physics to political science.

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 help scientists and engineers—as well as scholars involved in the humanities and social sciences—tackle research challenges that could not be addressed with other computing systems.

Blue Waters provides University faculty and staff a valuable resource to perform groundbreaking work in computational science and further Illinois’ mission to foster discovery and innovation. The system presents a unique opportunity for the U of I faculty and researchers with about 2 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters allocated each year to projects at the University through a campuswide peer-review process.

The next round of proposals will be due March 15, 2017. To learn how you could receive an allocation to accelerate your research, visit

Fall 2016 Illinois allocations

General proposals
Exploratory Proposals

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

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