The HPC Asia 2009 keynote speech given by Dr. William T.C. Kramer introduces us to the NCSA beginning with its history in field of HPC and continuing on with its latest development, the Blue Waters project. The talk also examines the concepts behind the open science-based projects and applications that are slated to run over Blue Waters. Dr. Kramer then concludes with his insight into Petascale and Exascale era challenges of the future.
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In summary, the scientific need for Blue Waters, I didn’t talk a lot about it, but it is there through a number of documents that you can find. We believe that Blue Waters addresses the lessons and challenges that we learned in the Terascale era to move forward into Petascale and actually beyond that even. It’s a very well balanced system and it’s a project that will be much more than just a large-scale computing system. It has the potential for setting the direction for Exascale computing which will be coming up sooner than we think. Thank you very much.