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NCSA hosting Q&A session about Blue Waters Illinois allocations due September 15

Blue Waters is a national resource for all types of research, but also allows scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to take the spotlight.

NCSA will host a question-and-answer session on September 8, 1-2 p.m. to allow Illinois researchers and scientists to ask Blue Waters experts about allocation proposals, which are due by September 15. The session is free and open to all interested Illinois researchers, and will be held in NCSA room 1040. Drinks and snacks will be available.

University faculty and staff have a unique opportunity to perform groundbreaking work in computational science through Blue Waters, the most powerful supercomputer on a university campus. Researchers based at Illinois are given access to approximately 3-4 million node hours each allocation period, which comes twice a year, once in March and once in September every year. The September, 2016 allocation proposal deadline is quickly approaching: Illinois-based research teams must submit allocations proposals by September 15.

In its history, Blue Waters has seen 70 research groups take advantage of the Illinois allocations process, including work done on cloud modeling, blood clot research, biofuels, and genetic variation.

Researchers based at Illinois who are interested in submitting proposals to use Blue Waters can find relevant information, including terms of use, examples of past successful proposals, Blue Waters hardware specifications, and links to the proposal submission site at

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