New Broadening Participation Allocations Now Available on Blue Waters Supercomputer—Apply by March 1 February 7, 2018 Announcements Blue WatersHPC Operations Share this page: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email NCSA Blue Waters Computation Facility By NCSA News Staff The National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ (NCSA) Blue Waters project has announced a new sub-allocation category called “Broadening Participation.” This new category is open to faculty and research staff at U.S. academic institutions who have not previously been a PI on a research allocation on the Blue Waters system and who are in one or more of the following categories: Institutions categorized as Minority Serving InstitutionsInstitutions within EPSCoR jurisdictionsPIs who are women, underrepresented minorities, veterans, or people with disabilitiesResearchers and scholars in humanities, arts, or social sciences Blue Waters allocations are intended for parallel computational and data analysis research problems that require the unique capabilities of the Blue Waters system, such as total memory, data size or bandwidth, or the computational and data scale of the system. Project proposals are expected to demonstrate that no other computing resource is better suited for the proposed problem. Requests for Broadening Participation allocations may be for up to 200,000 node-hours (approximately 6.4 million core hours) for, at most, one year. Projects will be judged on the basis of their scientific merit, suitability for Blue Waters, and demonstrated need for the unique capabilities of Blue Waters. Requests must be submitted by March 15, 2018. Award notifications will be announced early April 2018. Apply here. Additional details about Broadening Participation allocations are available at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/broadening-participation-allocations. In addition to research allocations, faculty and staff from any U.S. academic/educational institution may also apply for education allocations. These allocations are intended for courses, training sessions, workshops, institutes, and other events focused on training and education related to petascale computing. Requests for education allocations are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more details visit: https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/education-allocations. Inquiries regarding all types of allocations may be made to email@example.com. You can learn more about the Blue Waters resources and services by viewing the recording of the Blue Waters Overview webinar. ABOUT BLUE WATERS The Blue Waters sustained-petascale system is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it can complete more than one quadrillion calculations per second on a sustained basis and more than 13 times that at peak speed. Blue Waters is a joint effort of U of I and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications. NCSA manages the Blue Waters project and provides expertise to help scientists and engineers take full advantage of the system for their research. Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards OCI-0725070 and ACI-1238993, the State of Illinois, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. ABOUT NCSA The National Center for Supercomputing Applications 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 these resources to address research challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing many of the world’s industry giants for over 35 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.