National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Offer HPC Webinar

Announcement from our colleague: Scott Lathrop, Blue Waters Technical Program Manager for Education, Outreach and Training

New Blue Waters Webinar Scheduled

The Blue Waters webinar series is pleased to announce a new webinar.

  • Beyond Exascale: The Future of HPC– Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10 AM Central Time

The webinar will be broadcast via YouTube live and free to attend.  The schedule is posted at


Beyond Exascale: The Future of HPC by Dr. Marc Snir, Michael Faiman Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

HPC platforms have  evolved in the last 25 years in a predictable manner: They have been designed by assembling commodity compute engines into large clusters. Performance improvements have resulted from the continued improvement in the cost/performance of compute engines and the increasing cost of leading supercomputers. The end of Moore’s law also means an end to this period or smooth evolution.  “Conventional HPC” is likely to plateau in performance and slowly improve in cost/performance. Significant performance advances will require larger budgets and more specialized hardware and software.


About the Blue Waters Webinars

To foster productive discussions during the live webcasts, participants are encouraged to post questions for the presenters via YouTube live or via the ncsa-bw Slack team.

The video recordings of each webinar are made publicly available on YouTube, and PDFs of the slides are available for download.  Links to the YouTube videos and slides are posted at We welcome offers to present additional topics, as well as suggestions for additional topics.  Please email your comments to

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.

About Blue Waters Project

NCSA’s Blue Waters petascale supercomputer is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and is the fastest supercomputer on a university campus. Blue Waters uses hundreds of thousands of computational cores to achieve peak performance of more than 13 quadrillion calculations per second. Blue Waters has more memory and faster data storage than any other open system in the world. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenges. Recent advances that were not possible without these resources include computationally designing the first set of antibody prototypes to detect the Ebola virus, simulating the HIV capsid, visualizing the formation of the first galaxies and exploding stars, and understanding how the layout of a city can impact supercell thunderstorms.