Launch of Blue Waters, Urbana, March 28, 2013

On March 28, the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entered production.

Dignitaries from the state of Illinois, the National Science Foundation, Cray, and the University toured the petascale facility and celebrated the first submissions to the most powerful supercomputer on a university campus. The behemoth system is capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and working with quadrillions of bytes of data around the clock to help scientists and engineers across the country tackle a wide variety of science and engineering challenges.

Blue Waters is part of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

 

President Robert Easter gives proclamation to NCSA Director Tom Dunning.

University of Illinois President Robert Easter gives proclamation to
NCSA Director Tom Dunning.

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn speaks about the impact of Blue Waters on Illinois.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn speaks about the impact of
Blue Waters on Illinois.

 

 University of Illinois Trustees Ed McMillan and Karen Hasara toured the petascale facility with Blue Waters Project Director Bill Kramer.

University of Illinois Trustees Ed McMillan and
Karen Hasara toured the petascale facility with
Blue Waters Project Director Bill Kramer.

 

NCSA Director Tom Dunning officially launches Blue Waters, starting a new era in supercomputing at the University.

NCSA Director Tom Dunning officially launches Blue Waters,
starting a new era in supercomputing at the University.

 

Photos by L. Brian Stauffer, Public Affairs.  Used with permission from NCSA.