Blue Waters Seminar at the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute researchers are invited to learn about opportunities for research computing and computing education projects related to the Blue Waters petascale computer being built at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Mark your calendar and come join us on
Monday, December 14, 2009
2:00-4:00 pm
Room 3-180 EE/CS

Speaker: Brett Bode, Blue Waters Software Development Manager at NCSA.

No registration is required. Refreshments will be served and a Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Blue Waters is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer available for open scientific research when it comes online in 2011. The project includes the NCSA, the University of Illinois, IBM and the Great Lakes Consortium. The University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute is a charter member of the consortium, and Tom Jones, Interim Director of the Supercomputing Institute, serves as a member of the GLC Board of Directors.

A key element of the Blue Waters project, the consortium of universities, colleges, national research laboratories and other institutions is designed to foster use of petascale computing, among other things through development of new software, applications and technologies. The group's educational and workforce development program is aimed a making sure advances are passed to the next generation of researchers and applied to frontier questions in science, technology, engineering and the social sciences.

This talk will present an overview of the Blue Waters project which is designed to create the world's first sustained petaflop/s computing system for diverse ranges of applications. This will make Blue Waters the most powerful system of its time available to open science. It will explore the motivation and opportunities such a system can address and discuss the challenges that must be overcome in order to make Blue Waters highly effective for a wide range of science problems that have not been possible with less powerful systems. The discussion will finish with an overview of research and development opportunities not just for the petascale and beyond.

The featured speaker will be Brett Bode, Blue Waters Software Development Manager at NCSA. He is responsible for managing the software development projects at NCSA and partner organizations that are focused on improving the quality and capability of the software that will be deployed on the Blue Waters system. Blue Waters is a National Science Foundation-funded project, to deploy the first general purpose, open science, sustained-petaflop supercomputer as a powerful resource for the nation’s researchers. Blue Waters is an 8-year project with an overall cost exceeding $500M.

For details on Blue Waters, see

The event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.