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Six research groups awarded new GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters supercomputer

Six research groups have been awarded new allocations by the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) on the Blue Waters supercomputer, located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Through a stringent peer-reviewed process, allocations total two million node hours (equivalent to 64 million core hours) of computation time and will run through December 19, 2019. Ranging from research investigations regarding Hepatitis B to Space Weather Modeling, these diverse projects will help provide researchers insight into complex problems in multiple scientific areas.

The GLCPC provides the opportunity for researchers affiliated with its member institutions, which include universities, colleges, educational foundations, national laboratories and more, to utilize the power of petascale computing on Blue Waters to further their scientific efforts.

GLCPC allocation awards went to the following Principal Investigators:

  • Gabor Toth, University of Michigan: Multilevel Parallelization of the Space Weather Modeling Framework
  • Mahmoud Moradi, University of Arkansas: Thermodynamic Characterization of Large-Conductance Mechanosensitive Channel Activation
  • Jodi Hadden, University of Delaware: Furthering Characterization of the Hepatitis B Virus Capsid as a Drug Target: Simulations to Investigate Quasi-Equivalence and Cooperativity in Drug Binding
  • Eric Johnsen, University of Michigan: Inertial Collapse of Individual Bubbles near Solid/Free Boundaries
  • Venkat Raman, University of Michigan: GPU-Enhanced Highly Scalable Simulation of Rotating Detonation Engines
  • Fatemah Khalili-Araghi, University of Illinois at Chicago: Architecture of Tight Junctions and the Paracellular Transport Mechanism

More details about these projects can be found at

About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.


Members of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) work together in a variety of areas, including education, research and outreach.The collaboration among the member institutions will greatly expand the number of faculty and students directly engaged with the development of petascale computing. This cadre of faculty, researchers and students have a broad range of interests, enhancing the potential for advancing scientific discovery, the state of the art in engineering, and science and engineering education. Member institutions include universities and colleges, national laboratories, the Southeastern Universities Research Association, educational foundations, and K-12 school districts who are developing educational and workforce development programs to help realize the full potential of petascale computing. These institutions place special emphasis on increasing the opportunities available for underrepresented groups as well as rural, inner city, and poverty-stricken areas throughout the regions served by the GLCPC members.

About Blue Waters

The Blue Waters petascale supercomputer is the fastest sustained supercomputer on a university campus. Blue Waters uses hundreds of thousands of computational cores to achieve peak performance of more than 13 quadrillion calculations per second. Blue Waters has more memory and faster data storage than any other open system in the world. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenges. Recent advances that were not possible without these resources include computationally designing the first set of antibody prototypes to detect the Ebola virus, simulating the HIV capsid, visualizing the formation of the first galaxies and exploding stars, and understanding how the layout of a city can impact supercell thunderstorms. Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation (ACI-0725070 and ACI-1238993), the State of Illinois and the University of Illinois.

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