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. Next round of proposals are due November 13, 2015.
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. For application detiails, visit https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/illinois-allocations. NOTE: Proposals are due March 16, 2015. There will be a Q&A session to help campus researchers with any questions they have about the system or the proposal process from 3 to 5 pm March 5 in Room 1040 of the NCSA Building.
A portion of the University of Illinois Blue Waters allocation is being 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. For more information visit: https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/glcpc-allocations or 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 apply for a Blue Waters industry allocation visit, https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/new_account/bwspecialprojects/psp/.
Innovation and Exploration
Up to 5 percent is available for innovation and exploration of new uses for high performance computation and data analysis. For application details, visit https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/innovation-allocations.