NCSA offers workshops for the Blue Waters user community. The focus of the workshops varies. If there is a topic you wish to have covered in a future workshop send an email to

Past Workshops


Blue Waters webinars are scheduled the third Monday of each month. Materials for each webinar (or teleconference) will be posted here shortly before each event. You will need to log in to the portal to access the content attached to this page.

Blue Waters User Teleconference Presentations

  • Monday, March 17, 2014 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday February 17, 2014 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3).
  • Tuesday January 21, 2014 - Presentation (PDF, PDF), Audio (MP3).
  • Monday, December 09, 2013 - Presentation (PDF1, PDF2), Audio (MP3).
  • Monday, October 21, 2013 - Presentation (PDF1, PDF2), Audio (MP3).
  • Monday, September 16, 2013 - No teleconference (cancelled).
  • Monday, August 19, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, July 15, 2013 - No teleconference (middle of 3 week XK upgrade)
  • Monday, June 24, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Special Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, May 20, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3) - No audio recording due to operator error.
  • Monday, April 15, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)

Vendor Events

  • Cray and Nvidia  webinar focusing on the use of OpenACC 2.0 with the latest Cray Compilation Environment release.
  • Older Nvidia and Cray OpenACC webinar.


Cyberinfrastructure Tutor, or CI-Tutor, is the web-based training site for high-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure topics hosted at NCSA. To view a listing of available tutorials see the CI-Tutor Course Catalog.

Available on the CI-Tutor site is the tutorial BigSim: Simulating PetaFLOPS Supercomputers. This tutorial introduces the basic concepts of using BigSim to model and predict the performance of your application(s).

Note: To access the course you must first register for an account in CI-Tutor.