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NCSA Blue Waters Symposium
for Petascale Science and Beyond

June 4-7, 2018

The Sixth Annual NCSA Blue Waters Symposium will bring together leaders in petascale computational science and engineering and will be a tremendous opportunity for sharing successes and challenges in large-scale heterogeneous computing. Along with presentations from Blue Waters science teams, the symposium will feature keynotes from innovative thinkers in science and will provide opportunities to share and discuss specific topics of interest.

Be sure to follow @NCSAatIllinois on Twitter for Symposium updates and coverage during the event. You can contribute to the conversation by using the hashtag #BlueWaters


Registration for the symposium is now open. Register at our registration page.

Please note that space for the Blue Waters Symposium is limited. In the event that registration exceeds the capacity of the venue, priority will be given to Blue Waters users and key stakeholders.

Agenda & Abstracts

The daily agenda is available and will be updated with more detail as speaking slots are scheduled.

Invited Speakers

Science Team Abstracts


Poster Presenters


The symposium will take place at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Information about traveling to Sunriver

Information about the Sunriver/Redmond airport shuttle

Resort Map

Lodging reservations

Reservation information page For reservations please call the resort directly at 855-420-8206. Make sure to mention that you are part of the Blue Waters Symposium to get the special room rate.

The room block for the Blue Waters Symposium has been extended to May 2, 2018.

FAQs and Guidelines


Presentation Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

Please be advised that video recordings of presentations and photographs of general events will be taken throughout the symposium. This content could be used on social media, the Blue Waters and NCSA websites, future symposium marketing materials, and any other NCSA publication. By registering for this event, you consent to your likeness potentially appearing in these recordings and images. If you have questions, please send them to

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