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Posted by Kejsi Ago on November 30, 2021

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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This Week in Illinois Research



An Era Ends, a New Frontier Begins



We're approaching the end of the semester, the end of the year—and the end of a storied chapter in the history of the Illinois research enterprise. On December 31, the Blue Waters supercomputer will cease operations after its extended years of service.  

It's hard to overstate the impact of Blue Waters. When it fully came online in early 2013, we were planning to operate the system for five years. Now, nearly nine years later, we are wrapping up one of the most successful projects in our university's history. With insights into such diverse topics as genomics, gerrymandering, and geospatial data (and so much more), the Blue Waters team and the scholars who used the machine set the standard for using high-performance computing in boundary-shattering research. 

While we celebrate the discoveries that Blue Waters made possible, as authors of technology and innovation we are ever focused on the future. I'm so pleased that our incredibly valuable Blue Waters team will be deployed to other projects at NCSA, including the emerging New Frontiers Initiative. I am grateful to Bill Kramer and Bill Gropp for their vision and leadership as we take the next steps in exploring what lies ahead. Blue Waters may be ending, but its impact will live on, far into the future!









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