The National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ (NCSA) popular Blue Waters Webinar series kicks off its 2018 offerings on Wednesday, January 24. The free NCSA Blue Waters Webinars are designed to increase high performance computing (HPC) knowledge and skills among the research community.

All webinars are broadcast on YouTube and recorded for viewing anytime. Registered participants will receive the link to the live broadcast and will be able to ask questions during the presentation using NCSA's Blue Waters Slack channelAll webinars are held on Wednesdays and begin at 10 AM Central Time. Most webinars generally run one hour. 

Upcoming webinars include:

  • January 24 - NumFOCUS: An approach to sustaining major scientific software projects by Andy Terrel, President of NumFOCUS
    • A discussion about NumFOCUS, a non-profit focused on open-source scientific computing.
  • January 31 - Blue Waters Overview by Blue Waters Project Office
    • Members of the Blue Waters staff will provide an overview of the Blue Waters resources and services, and guidelines for submitting requests for allocations. 
  • February 7 - Machine Learning by Aaron Saxton, NCSA
    • The webinar will provide a walk through the pipeline of image feature detection on the Blue Waters supercomputer.
  • February 14 - Software Sustainability by Daniel S. Katz, NCSA
    • A discussion of the work of eight WSSSPE workshops that have brought together communities to focus on research software sustainability, and a brief introduction to the new project planning a potential US Research Software Sustainability Institute.
  • February 28 - Analysis and Visualization with yt by Matt Turk, NCSA
    • A presentation of the yt data analysis and visualization software from a high-level, with hands-on examples of how to extract information from datasets.

Additional webinars will continue to be added throughout the year. Suggestions for topics and offers to present content are welcome. Please send your suggestions to

Additional details about the NCSA Blue Waters Webinars and a registration form are available at