Blue Waters Petascale Computing Hackathon

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting team applications for the Blue Waters Petascale Computing Hackathon. The event will take place September 9-13, 2019 at NCSA.

The Hackathon will pair research teams with expert mentors to improve scientific codes and enable them to take full advantage of HPC systems. The research groups selected to participate will send teams of at least two developers along with a working application that has the potential to benefit from the petascale class computing systems to accelerate their research productivity. The goal is to have applications running efficiently at scale, or with a clear roadmap for enhancing code performance. 


The hackathon is intended for research and development teams wanting to: 

  • adapt their codes to run on petascale class systems equipped with CPUs and/or GPUs,
  • optimize applications that already run on petascale computing systems,
  • accelerate machine learning and deep learning applications, or
  • implement other innovative uses of petascale computing systems. 


Research teams are asked to apply at  by August 2, 2019.

Additional information is available at

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