Allocation of time on Blue Waters for UIUC
Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful computing systems. Each year that Blue Waters is in operation, about 3 to 4 million node-hours will be allocated to projects from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. As each node has many powerful cores, this is significantly more computing power than most universities have available for their use, and this resource provides University faculty and staff with a unique opportunity to perform groundbreaking work in computational science.
The Blue Waters system, operated by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, is intended for problems that are too demanding for any other system. Projects should make use of the unique capabilities of Blue Waters at large scale, which need not be just floating-point speed; it could be total memory, data size or data bandwidth, or even computational scale. Project proposals should demonstrate that no other resource would be suitable for a given problem.
Exploratory and General allocations will be made twice annually. Calls for these proposals will be posted on this web page and through the Illinois Faculty/Staff notes – e-week, with deadline and submissions guidelines.
Apply for Time on Blue Waters
- Procedures for applying for time on Blue Waters
- Link to Exploratory Projects proposal submission (Deadline for Spring 2014 submissions is Feb 28, 2014)
- Link to General Projects proposal submission (Deadline for Spring 2014 submissions is Feb 28, 2014)
- Link to Instructional Projects proposal submission (Open for submission any time)
- Urgent Projects - An Urgent Project is the same as an Exploratory or General Project, depending on the requested resource size, except that it is received at any time and reviewed rapidly. In addition to the information required for an Exploratory or General Project, an Urgent Project must provide a justification that demonstrates a potentially great benefit of the expedited review and allocation not just to the investigator(s) but also to the institution. A typical Urgent Project may be a request of a future commitment of Blue Waters resources for a large extramural funding proposal with a close deadline. An Urgent Project proposal can be directly submitted to PCI Program Coordinator jpeckham [at] illinois [dot] edu (Jill Peckham).
Questions? Contact Jill Peckham, PCI program coordinator, at jpeckham [at] illinois [dot] edu or 217-265-5292.