Blue Waters launches a Weekly Webinar Series

Posted by Travis Tate on 02/16/2017 21:41 UTC

The series starts Wednesday, March 1

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the Blue Waters Weekly Webinar Series. The series will provide the research and education communities with a variety of opportunities to learn about methods, tools, and resources available to advance their computational and data analytics skills, with an emphasis on scaling to petascale and beyond.

Webinars will generally occur every Wednesday, with a few exceptions to avoid conflicts with major HPC conferences and events. All sessions will be free and open to the to everyone who registers. Registered participants will be able to pose questions using NCSA’s Blue Waters Slack environment. Registration is required for access to YouTube Live broadcasts. Webinars will begin at 10 a.m. Central Time (UTC-6).

Each webinar will be led by a developer or an expert on the topic. The first visualization webinar, “Introduction to Data Visualization” hosted by Vetria Byrd, Purdue University, will take place on March 1, 2017; the first workflows webinar, “Overview of Scientific Workflows” will be hosted by Scott Callaghan, University of Southern California, on March 8, 2017; and the first petascale application improvement discovery webinar, “Getting I/O Done with Parallel HDF5 on Blue Waters” hosted by Gerd Heber, HDF Group, will take place March 29, 2017. The list of webinar tracks as well as specific sessions will be refined and expanded over time.

For more information about the webinar series, including registration, abstracts, speakers, as well as links to Youtube recordings, please visit the Blue Waters webinar series webpage.

About Blue Waters

Blue Waters, managed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. It can complete more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second on a sustained basis and more than 13 times that at peak speed. Blue Waters is the fastest supercomputer at a university anywhere in the world. Blue Waters also collaborates with other national HPC programs to prepare current and future faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students to gain the knowledge and skill sets necessary to capitalize on high-performance computing resources. Activities include training and workshops for faculty and students, campus visits, undergraduate internship, and graduate fellowships. Blue Waters is supported by the University of Illinois and the National Science Foundation through awards ACI-0725070 and ACI-1238993.

About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.


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