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Presentation Guidelines for:

NCSA Blue Waters Symposium
for Petascale Science and Beyond

May 10-13, 2015




150-Word Presentation Abstract

  • Due March 13, 2015
  • Include title, presenter's name and affiliation
    • If the PI is not the presenter, include a reference to the Project PI
  • Submit abstracts to:


Presentation Guidelines

Presentations will be 20 minutes.  This time includes time for Q&A.  PI's, or designated presenters will be provided with a specific time for his/her presentation. Times will be assigned in late April.  

Presentations should focus on the science teams' work on Blue Waters.  Presentations may cover the full scope of the work being done on Blue Waters OR they may focus on a certain aspect (e.g. code scalability, implementation) that would be of interest to others using or preparing to use Blue Waters.

Some suggested topics to include in presentations include:

o   Key Challenges: description of the science/engineering problem being addressed

o   Why it Matters: description of the potential impact of solving this research problem

o   Why Blue Waters: explanation of why you need the unique scale and attributes of Blue Waters to address these challenges

o   Accomplishments: explanation of results you obtained

o   Blue Waters team contributions: explanation of how the Blue Waters team contributed to your research

o   Broader Impact: description of the broader impact that resulted from your work on Blue Waters

o   Shared Data: description of the data shared with others as well as the method of sharing

o   Products: description of the products (e.g. software) that were created as a part of or as a result of your Blue Waters project

A presentation laptop will be provided, but you may also opt to use your own.  Below are specs for the provided laptops. As in 2014, presentations will be video recorded. (Presentations and recordings from 2014: Both a copy of your presentation and the recording will be posted to the Blue Waters website after the symposium. Upon arrival at the symposium, you will be asked to review and sign a Video/Photo/Audio consent form. At the close of each session, moderators will ask you for a copy of your presentation.

Important: Prior to the start of your presentation session, please check with the AV/recording staff in your presentation room to ensure that your presentation will run smoothly.


Specs for laptops provided for presentations:

Powerpoint 2010

Intel i5 Mutil Core CPU @ 2.6GHZ

4 GB DDR3 Ram

320 GB Hard Drive

Intel graphics 1GB Memory

CD/DVD Multi Burner/player

Win 7 32 bit

Office 2010

Adobe reader 11x

IE 11 on the T430


Note: Screens are 4:3 aspect ratio.  A 16x9 ratio (letterboxed) may also be used.