There are several pathways available for researchers and educators to apply to use Blue Waters for their work.
National Science Foundation
At least 80 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters--about 150 million node-hours each year--is available to scientists and engineers across the country through the National Science Foundation's Petascale Computing Resource Allocation program. Proposals are due March 10, 2014.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Up to 7 percent of the computing capacity of Blue Waters—about 13 million node-hours each year—is reserved for faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More information about how to apply is available from the Illinois Parallel Computing Institute.
A portion of the University of Illinois Blue Waters allocation will be made available to the BLue Waters professors. For more details see https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/bw-professors.
Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation
Up to 2 percent is available to researchers whose institutions are members of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. More information is available from the GLCPC website.
Up to 1 percent of the Blue Waters compute capacity—or 1.8 million node-hours per year—is available for educators and students. For application details, visit https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/education-allocations
NCSA's industry partners and industry partners of any of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation institutions also have opportunities to use Blue Waters. To learn more, contact Merle Giles (email@example.com, 217-244-4629) or Evan Burness (firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-244-0642).