Blue Waters supercomputer up and running

Blue Waters has a sustained speed of over 1 petaflop and is capable of performing more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second.


One of the fastest supercomputers in the world, Blue Waters has gone through several milestones so far. It was installed last fall south of campus in the National Petascale Computing Facility and underwent testing to make sure it was operational and able to run certain applications. In recent months, researchers conducted "beta" testing of projects.

A ceremony marking the official launch of the Blue Waters supercomputer will take place Thursday, March 28 on campus.

Thursday's event will recognize the supercomputer's transition to doing science "24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year as a nonstop resource for science and engineering research," said Trish Barker, spokeswoman for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois.




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