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 both undergraduate and graduate students to gain the knowledge and skill sets necessary to capitalize on high-performance computing resources. Activities include training and workshops for faculty and students, campus visits, undergraduate internships, and graduate fellowships.

Education Allocations

Each year Blue Waters devotes up to 1.8 million node-hours to educational activities. These 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 Education Allocations.


Blue Waters provides a series of free webinars throughout the year. The webinars are conducted almost every Wednesday, with a few exceptions to avoid conflicts with major HPC events, such as the Blue Waters annual Symposium. Most sessions will be an hour in length, although some will go longer. Each session will start at 8 AM Pacific - 9 AM Mountain - 10 AM Central - 11 AM Eastern - 4 PM GMT.
All sessions will be broadcast on Youtube live, and recorded for subsequent playback. To receive the Youtube live web address for each session, please register for each live session you wish to attend. All sessions are free, and you may register for as many sessions as you like.
Participants may join the webinars from their own web-enabled device.  We also encourage people to meet together as a group to promote active discussions among the local participants.
Details about each session including abstracts, presenters, intended audience, and prerequisites are provided with the corresponding track summaries at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/webinars.

Online Training

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

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.

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