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NCSA Blue Waters Symposium
for Petascale Science and Beyond

June 13-15, 2016

The Fourth 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 the 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


All abstracts, slides, and links to the presentations (which are available on YouTube) can be found here.


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

Reservations  - room block is CLOSED -  If you still need to make a reservation, call the resort directly at 855-420-8206.  Discounted rates for the sympsoium are no longer available. If you make a reservation after 5/12, please request that it be associated with the Blue Waters Symposium.

Information about traveling to Sunriver

Information about the Sunriver/Redmond airport shuttle

Resort Map

Floor Plans


Registration is CLOSED.  If you would like to inquire about late registration, email

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 full symposium agenda is available on Sched

For easy access during the event, download the Sched app to your phone.

Note: The agenda is subject to change at anytime.

Invited Speakers

Science Team Abstracts (also included on



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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