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Graduate student Sean Seyler was awarded a 2016 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program lets graduate students from across the country immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive research using the Blue Waters supercomputer to accelerate their research.
The fellowship will provide Seyler with a full year of support including a $38,000 stipend and up to $12,000 in tuition allowance and funds to support travel to a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium. Importantly, as a Blue Waters Graduate Fellow he also receives an allocation for computing time on the powerful Blue Waters petascale computing system. Blue Waters is one of the largest supercomputers housed on a university campus (at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
It can sustain a performance of more than 13 petaflops and contains more than 390,000 AMD Bulldozer cores and over 4,000 NVIDIA KeplerGPU accelerators. It is one of the largest supercomputers in the country that is available for academic research. The fellowship will enable Seyler to run calculations on this machine and work on a project that he designed.