Education

Blue Waters incorporates a comprehensive education, outreach, and training program. The program has a national reach aimed at providing outreach, training and education services for faculty, researchers, and students well-versed in using existing large-scale high-performance computing (HPC) applications, as well as faculty, researchers, and students who have not traditionally used high-performance computing. We strongly encourage participation by under-represented communities, including women, minorities and people with disabilities from all fields of study, as well as from all academic institutions, including minority-serving institutions, two- and four-year colleges and universities, and PhD-granting institutions.

The Blue Waters project collaborates with the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI), the Ohio Supercomputer Center, the University of Michigan, and other national HPC programs to prepare current and future faculty and students to gain the knowledge and skill sets necessary to capitalize on HPC resources. Due to the complexity of petascale computing, new approaches for teaching and learning are essential.

Specific education and outreach activities include training and workshops for faculty and students, campus visits, undergraduate internships, and fellowships.

The HPC University portal provides access to peer-reviewed training and education materials, including Undergraduate Petascale Curriculum Modules available for download. These materials support the teaching and learning of parallel and high-performance scientific computing in multiple fields of study.

Up to 1 percent of the Blue Waters computing and storage capacity is available for educational applications and activities. This allocations provide a unique learning experience for students across the nation by enabling them to use the extraordinary capability of Blue Waters to broaden their knowledge and develop their own interests in a wide array of disciplines, from the traditional areas of science and engineering to emerging areas in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Read more about how to apply for Education Allocations.

Training webinars and workshops are offered on a regular basis; check the Blue Waters calendar for upcoming dates.

For more information about Blue Waters training and educational events and opportunities contact Scott Lathrop, Blue Waters technical program manager for education.