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Three New Blue Waters Webinars Scheduled

Wednesday, May 16, 2018  
Posted by: Lisa Arafune
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Three New Blue Waters Webinars Scheduled


The Blue Waters webinar series is pleased to announce three new webinars.


·         Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: PEARC18 - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10 AM Central Time

·         Charm++ - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10 AM Central Time

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


The webinars are broadcast via YouTube live and are free to attend.  The list of topics and the schedule are posted at



Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: PEARC18, July 22-26, Pittsburgh PA by Jay Alameda, lead for Advanced Application Support at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications


The PEARC conferences provide a forum for discussing challenges, opportunities, and solutions among HPC center directors and managers, computational scientists, end users, students, facilitators, educators, HPC system administrators and user support staff, as well as industry and government agency representatives from across the United States and around the world.


Registrations are invited for the 2018 conference, see for the preliminary schedule.  The technical program features tutorials, workshops, panels, papers, posters, showcase events and BoFs in the following tracks: Facilitation of Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI); Applications of ACI; Visualization and Data Analytics; and Workforce Development and Diversity. Keynote speakers are Steve Hammond on energy efficient data centers; Gregory Farber on neuroscience and ACI; Ruby Mendenhall on ACI in social sciences and humanities; Anita Nikolich on Cybersecurity research. The student program includes a modeling day; paper and poster presentations as part of the technical sessions; a mentor program; speed networking to explore career opportunities with participating exhibitors; and volunteering to work behind the scenes to make the conference a success.



What's new in Charm++, by Laxmikant. V. Kale, Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Charm++ is a machine independent parallel programming system. Programs written using this system will run unchanged on MIMD machines with or without a shared memory. It provides high-level mechanisms and strategies to facilitate the task of developing even highly complex parallel applications. Charm++ programs are written in C++ with a few library calls and an interface description language for publishing Charm++ objects. Charm++ supports multiple inheritance, late bindings, and polymorphism.  Charm++ currently runs on IBM's Blue Gene/Q and OpenPOWER systems, Cray XE6, XK7, and XC40 systems, Infiniband and Omni-Path clusters, clusters of UNIX workstations and even single-processor UNIX, Mac, and Windows machines. It also contains support for running on accelerators such as Xeon Phis and GPGPUs.



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.

Founded in 1989, the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with 89 member institutions representing many of the nation’s most forward thinking universities and computing centers.