ARCHIVED: About the collaborative agreement between XSEDE and the Blue Waters project

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Through a collaborative agreement established between two of the largest research cyberinfrastructure projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Blue Waters petascale computing project is participating in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Service Provider Forum (SPF). Although it contributes valuable expertise and experience by participating in the XSEDE SPF, the Blue Waters project maintains allocations and user support operations that are separate from XSEDE (i.e., Blue Waters is not an XSEDE digital service).

By participating in the Service Provider Forum, the Blue Waters project helps advance the SPF's objectives of sharing experiences and leveraging common tools among Service Providers working with the nation's science and engineering research community. The Blue Waters project has expert experience helping its science and engineering research teams take full advantage of one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, a Cray XE/XK system with a hybrid architecture (combining CPU-only and GPU-enabled compute nodes) that is capable of achieving a peak performance of 1 petaFLOPS. For system details, see the Blue Waters system summary.

The XSEDE and Blue Waters projects have prior experience collaborating successfully to address the challenges of large-scale heterogeneous computing. In addition to partnering on educational efforts, such as the Extreme Scaling Workshop series, the XSEDE and Blue Waters projects cooperate by sharing their experiences working with common tools (e.g., Inca and Globus Online). They also share support ticket data with each other in an effort to refine best practices for supporting their researchers and Service Providers.

For more on the XSEDE Service Provider Forum, see SPF Membership on the XSEDE website. For more on the Blue Waters project, see the Blue Waters User Portal.

This document was developed with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) grants 1053575 and 1548562. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

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