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

Illinois faculty and staff can request time on Blue Waters supercomputer

Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful computing systems and is located at Illinois. Each year more than 3 million node-hours are allocated to projects from our campus. Each node has many powerful cores, providing University faculty and staff significant computing power. Proposals are accepted twice per year, the next deadline is September 15, 2017. More information can be found at

Software Carpentry Workshop August 31

NCSA and CSE will host several Software Carpentry workshops in the fall term. The first is August 31. To register visit

Topics will include an introduction to Python, shell scripting (Bash), and version control with Git.  If you are planning workshops which rely on any of these topics, this is a good chance to make sure prospective students are prepared.

For questions email

Supercomputing for students

University of Illinois students interested in high-performance and extreme-scale computing can sign up now for the Joint Laboratory for Extreme-Scale Computing (JLESC) Summer School, which takes place July 20-21 at NCSA. The summer school will feature two days of talks on topics like Python, MPI, OpenACC and more. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Register today.

Add event to your calendar:   iCal    Outlook 2010

Illinois Campus Cluster To Retire Old Hardware

As the Illinois Campus Cluster Program (ICCP) enters its 6th year of production operations, it has come time to bid adieu to the oldest parts of the system: the initial cluster, dubbed Taub, will be retired on June 1, 2017. The program will forge ahead with operations and growth as new investors come on board and others reinvest as their equipment ages out. Additionally, users can now buy only the compute time they need with Research Computing as a Service (RCaaS), or rent storage on a month-by-month basis with the Active Data Storage (ADS) service. Keep an eye out for more new options for computing and storage later this year. Watch for more information on High Throughput Computing (HTC) soon!

What is USIgnite?

USIgnite, a nonprofit organization that fosters the development and deployment of next-generation gigabit applications, created a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities, which includes Urbana-Champaign. The USIgnite team is interested in working with students, faculty and researchers to showcase innovative applications. Current efforts include:

      1. Virtual Digital Inclusion Leadership Program (DILP), a low-latency Minecraft camp among regional fablabs and libraries
      2. SafetyInPublics, an NSF grant proposal to create a multi-disciplinary approach to public safety
      3. 4CeeD ( capture, curation, coordination, collaboration and distribution of scientific data) is an NSF-funded project to build a real-time data acquisition and analysis framework for material-related cyber-physical environments.
      4. Real-Time Data Acquisition and Analysis Framework for Material-related Cyber-Physical Environments
      5. These projects will be highlighted at the annual US-Ignite Application Summit in June.

To learn more about USignite visit

High Performance Computing topics by XSEDE

XSEDE is pleased to announce a regular series of remote workshops on High-Performance Computing topics.  These hands-on workshops provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in HPC.  We are currently accepting satellite sites for:

June 6-9 – Summer Boot Camp (FINAL CALL – a Few spots remain)

August 15: OpenMP

September 12-13: Big Data

October 3-4: MPI

November 7: GPU Programming Using OpenACC

December 5-6: Big Data

You, or another representative of your institution, should contact us if you are interested in hosting a remote site.  The number of sites will be limited for any given event.  Please note that this is not individual student enrollment; we will post registration pages for student enrollment once the remote sites have been determined.

Unless otherwise stated, this series will run from 11AM-5PM Eastern Time each day so as to encourage participation in all time zones.

Interest in this series has grown dramatically.  We routinely have more sites apply than we can handle.  We will announce the list of accepted sites about 1 month prior to each event.  Please do not assume your site has been accepted until you are notified as such.

These workshops are very hands-on and use the foremost available platforms for their subject matter.  They are a continuation of the previously oversubscribed XSEDE remote workshops and an effort to reduce the backlog of demand while maintaining the quality.

Satellite sites must be able to provide a facility capable of two-way video for the duration of the workshop.  There should also be a full-time TA available to assist with local technical issues.  An AV system test will be scheduled sometime before each workshop.

Address any questions regarding course content to John Urbanic ( and questions regarding registration to Tom Maiden (