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Update: Blue Waters was permanently shut down at the end of 2021. Information about accessing other computational resources is available at


There are four types of allocations available on Blue Waters.

Innovation and Exploration

Allocations are available for innovation and exploration of new uses for high performance computation and data analysis. For application details, visit


COVID-19 Related Research

Blue Waters is making time available for COVID-19 related work via the HPC consortium. To apply please visit the consortium web site and specify Blue Waters in your request

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Time is reserved for faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A call for proposals was issued in Fall 2020. For more information about this process visit

A special, limited allocation for faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to do new COVID-19 related work is now available for proposals that require less than 500,000 Node*Hours.  Proposals above that limit need to apply to the COVID-19 HPC Consortium. 

For applications below 500,000 NH, visit and select COVID-19.  


Allocations are no longer available for training and education activities.