The Blue Waters supercomputer. The Blue Waters supercomputer Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss, second from left, visited the Blue Waters facility on Nov. 25, 2013. Blue Waters staffers Omar Padron and Andriy Kot during the Intel Parallel Universe Challenge at SC13. NCSA received the HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award for Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences for HIV research conducted on Blue Waters by Illinois biophysicist Klaus Schulten. NCSA Director Thom Dunning and Illinois State Rep. Chad Hays in front of the Blue Waters supercomputer on the day the system was launched into full production, March 28, 2013. NCSA  Director Thom Dunning during the ceremony launching Blue Waters into full production on March 28, 2013. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared March 28 Blue Waters Supercomputer Day in honor of the petascale system being launched into full production. Dr. Farnam Jahanian of the National Science Foundation speaks during the Blue Waters launch ceremony on March 28, 2013. Farnam Jahanian and Cora Marrett of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, and NCSA Director Thom Dunning stand near the Blue Waters supercomputer on March 28, 2013. Bill Kramer conducts a tour for guests during the launch of the Blue Waters supercomputer on March 28, 2013. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski speaks during the ceremony to launch the Blue Waters supercomputer into full production, March 28, 2013. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, NCSA Director Thom Dunning, University of Illinois trustees Karen Hasara and Ed McMillan, and Bill Kramer. Cora Marrett, acting director of the National Science Foundation, speaks during the launch ceremony for the Blue Waters supercomputer, March 28, 2013. Bill Kramer, right, explains key features of the Blue Waters supercomputer to University of Illinois trustees Karen Hasara and Ed McMillan. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk visited NCSA and the Blue Waters supercomputer on Oct. 24, 2013. The Blue Waters team. The Blue Waters supercomputer. Visitors check out the mural of scientific equations and visualizations at the National Petascale Computing Facility. Michelle Butler answers questions about Blue Waters during the Engineering Open House tours on March 9, 2013. A group of prospective Engineering students visits the petascale facility. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk visited NCSA and the Blue Waters supercomputer on Oct. 24, 2013. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk visited NCSA and the Blue Waters supercomputer on Oct. 24, 2013. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk visited NCSA and the Blue Waters supercomputer on Oct. 24, 2013. Inside a Blue Waters AMD CPU module Blue Waters cable rack. Close-up of some of the pipes for the Cray ECOPhlex The National Petascale Computing Facility where Blue Waters is housed Participants of Bro Exchange 2013, hosted at NCSA, got to wrap everything up with a tour inside the Blue Waters machine room. Participants of Bro Exchange 2013 before going inside the Blue Waters machine room. These 28 UI students from ECE408 and CS483 are among the 3,708 visitors to NCSA in 2013 alone. UI ECE and CS students getting a tour of Blue Waters