Blue Waters supercomputer available for educational projects

As part of the Blue Water project, up to 1 percent (or 1.8 million node-hours) per year of the system's computational capacity is available for educational uses, including semester-long courses, workshops, and institutes.


These Education Allocations are intended to broaden the impact of Blue Waters and contribute to the development of a national workforce with expertise in petascale computing. The allocation is to enable projects that advance petascale computational and data analysis knowledge and skills, foster projects that are visionary and/or are national in scope, integrate research and education activities among national science and engineering communities, and proactively engage under-represented groups and individuals in science, engineering and scholarly research.


Some possible educational topics include:

  • Large-scale datasets and optimization of I/O file access.
  • Developing and testing of codes that use advanced methods, languages and tools
  • Optimizing and scaling of a community code to a large-scale simulation.
  • Optimizing or developing new libraries and tools that will leverage architecture features or processor counts unique to the Blue Waters system.
  • Modeling of systems or codes.
  • Use of large-scale computation and data analytics in discipline specific classes and events.


The Blue Waters Education Allocations Committee anticipates that up to 20 allocations will be supported at a time. Projects may be for at most one year but will typically cover a one- to two-week period or a semester.


For complete details and to submit a proposal, visit:  

Proposals are due the first working day of each month and will be reviewed within two weeks of submission. Details available on the BlueWaters submission portal.