Great Lakes Consortium awards access to Blue Waters supercomputer to 10 research projects

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation has awarded access to the Blue Waters supercomputer—which is capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and of working with quadrillions of bytes of data—to 10 diverse science and engineering projects.

The computing and data capabilities of Blue Waters will assist researchers in addressing questions of biology, nanoelectronics, ecological and economic impacts of climate change, and more.

"These allocations will allow researchers to address a variety of scientific problems at scales and levels of fidelity that would not otherwise be possible," said consortium president Steven Gordon. "The topics include challenging problems in the biosciences, engineering, and social science that should provide important scientific insights as well as the critical policy implications of several topics."

The projects and investigators are:

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation is a collaboration among colleges, universities, national research laboratories, and other educational institutions that facilitates the widespread and effective use of petascale computing. The consortium will make annual allocations of a portion of Blue Waters to research projects from GLCPC member institutions. The next call for proposals is expected to be in fall 2013.

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