Blue Waters Webinar Series


Blue Waters is providing a series of free webinars throughout the year. The webinars are conducted on Wednesdays, with a few exceptions to avoid conflicts with such events as the Blue Waters Symposium, PEARC and SC Conferences. Most sessions are an hour in length, although they can go longer or shorter. Sessions start at 8 AM Pacific - 9 AM Mountain - 10 AM Central - 11 AM Eastern - 4 PM GMT.

Details about each session can be found following the links on the left side of this page.  All sessions will be broadcast on Youtube live, and recorded for playback. All sessions are free and open to everyone who has registered. Registered participants will be able to pose questions using NCSA's Blue Waters Slack environment.

Registered participants may join the webinars from their own web-enabled device, although we encourage people to meet together as a group to promote active discussions among the local participants.

To receive the Youtube live web address and a Slack channel invitation for each webinar, please register using the link on the left side of this page. All sessions are free, and you may register for as many sessions as you like, as often as you like. The Youtube live web address and Slack channel address will be sent a few days before the event.

The following tracks are offered:

Petascale Application Improvement Discovery

The Blue Waters Petascale Application Improvement Discovery – Improvement Method Enablers track will target the introduction of new, fundamental application approaches, and optimization of applications, to increase the knowledge of and use of "best practices" for highly scalable computing and data analysis.

Scientific Software Ecosystems

Scientific Software Ecosystems webinar track provides sessions addressing the development and applications of software used in all fields of study.

Scientific Workflows

The scientific workflows track will address computational and data proessing tools and approaches for addressing reliable and reproducible discovery processes.

Scientific Visualization

The scientific visualization track will address the art, tools, and resources for representing data graphically to gain understanding and insights into its meaning.

Software Engineering

The software engineering track will address the art, tools, and resources for developing software.

Workforce and Inclusion

The workforce and inclusion track will address efforts to prepare a diverse workforce including topics on education, training, and diversity.


We welcome suggestions for topics that will benefit the petascale community. Send your suggestions to bw-eot@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Changes to currently scheduled webinars as well as announcements of new sessions will be posted at the Announcements page. Last update: September 21, 2017.

This seminar series is organized and supported by the Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in collaboration with numerous organizations including the members of the  International HPC Training Consortium.

* Blue Waters Monthy User Webconference slides are available at this page.