Blue Waters New User Training 9/21

Blue Waters [1] project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications [2] is hosting a New User Training workshop for those interested in learning how to best use the Blue Waters supercomputer.

Blue Waters will provide training accounts to students, faculty, and staff from institutions that are part of the InCommon Federation. Up to 200 participants will be able to join an interactive discussion via WebEx. The event will be hosted at NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also broadcast on Youtube. Those watching Youtube will be able to ask questions and participate in the discussions via Slack.

Free registration is required (please use your institutional email address when signing up for the workshop).

When:      10:00 – 16:00 CDT, September 21, 2017
Where:     NCSA bldg, Room 1030 and Youtube

  • to participate remotely via Youtube & Slack, click here
  • to attend the workshop at NCSA, click here

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Blue Waters Proposals Due Sept. 15


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.

Proposals are due by September 15. To request use of the system visit

XSEDE Monthly Workshop: Big Data Training 9/12-9/14

This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform. To register visit the XSEDE User Portal.

Tuesday, September 12
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Welcome
11:25 Intro to Big Data
12:00 Hadoop
12:30 Intro to Spark
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Spark
3:30 Spark Exercises
4:30 Spark
5:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, September 13
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Machine Learning: Recommender System with Spark
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Deep Learning with Tensorflow
4:30 Bridges: A Big Data Platform
5:00 Adjourn

Due to demand, this workshop will be telecast to several satellite sites.

You may attend at any of the following sites.

  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • George Mason University
  • Tufts University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Houston, Clear-Lake
  • Purdue University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Howard University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Arizona
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville – National Institute for Computational Sciences
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Upcoming Trainings Available

Research IT had identified a few key upcoming trainings that are available for researchers, professors and grad students. View the Research IT Calendar page for a full list of training links and calendars.

8/31. Software Carpentry Workshop.

9/1. Illinois Compass2g: The Essentials

9/13. Amazon Web Services Lab

9/14. Introduction to OpenMP Using Interactive Parallelization Tool

9/14. Using Digital Badges in Courses and Professional Development

9/20. Blue Waters Webinar: High-Performance Workflows with Swift

9/21. Blue Waters New User Training

9/27. Amazon Web Services Lab

9/27. Blue Waters: Software Engineering Practices

10/25. Blue Waters: Scientific Visualization in Houdini