Additional funding granted to Blue Waters supercomputing project

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The National Science Foundation has awarded additional funding of $775,000 for the Blue Waters project, which will field the world's most powerful supercomputer for open scientific research at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in 2011. This additional funding will support efforts to educate scientists and engineers about petascale computing and Blue Waters and to enable them to take full advantage of the extraordinary power of this sustained-petaflop system.

The supplemental funding from NSF will support: The Shodor Foundation in expanding and diversifying the pool of applicants for internships as part of the Undergraduate Petascale Education Program; the University of Chicago in increasing the quantity and quality of proposals for Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC); and the Performance Modeling and Characterization Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in creating performance models that will provide forecasts of how various science and engineering applications will perform on Blue Waters.