In person! Get your questions about Blue Waters petascale computing answered

Representatives from Blue Waters petascale computing project are visiting the U-M campus for a public information and Q&A session as well as private meetings with small groups who have more specific needs and issues (see additional info below). For more on Blue Waters, see our previous post.

Visiting on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, will be:

  • Bill Kramer, Blue Waters Deputy Director (More on Bill: Rock Stars of HPC: Bill Kramer)
  • John Ziebarth, Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, Krell Insititute, and member of the Board of Directors, Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation

The public information session will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in Johnson Room A, Lurie Engineering Building, North Campus. [NEWS: Slides from the presentation are now available.]

If you are interested in a private meeting on the 17th, please contact Dr. Katherine Lawrence ( in the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure. Please indicate when during the day (between 9 and 5) you are available to meet.

Professor Sharon Glotzer ( is serving as the UM liaison to the Blue Waters project.

Additional info: The purpose of the visit is to talk about opportunities for UM faculty and students to engage in the development of codes for petascale platforms such as Blue Waters.  NSF is seeking proposals for the Petascale Computing Resource Allocations solicitation (PRAC, due March 17), and NCSA is seeking to encourage and help with proposals led by faculty at UM.  UM is a founding member of the GLCPC and as such we are partners on NSF’s $195M grant to NCSA for the construction of a 10 Pflop machine.

This is an excellent opportunity to get assistance with, and access to, petascale resources. Please help to spread the word by sharing this info your (potential or otherwise) petascale-inclined colleagues.