Epilepsy is the fourth most common human neurological disorder in the world — a disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a record number of people in the United States have epilepsy: 3.4 million total, including nearly half a million children. At this time, there’s no known cause or cure, but with the help of NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers like Ivan Soltesz are making progress. Continue reading
Jian Peng, NCSA Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Illinois and graduate student, Yang Liu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have discovered a major breakthrough in protein structure predictions using deep learning data processed by NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer published in Cell Systems journal.
Blue Waters  project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications  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
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 https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/illinois-allocations
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