The Blue Waters project is being created especially for open scientific research and is expected to go live in 2011.
The Blue Waters will be the first ever system to sustain one petaflop performance – one quadrillion calculations per second – on a range of science and engineering applications.
The project is a joint affair of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, its National Center for Supercomputing Applications, IBM, and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, which includes Iowa State. The NSF is offering 8 Million to the Blue Waters project for the next four and a half years.
The Blue Waters will be equipped with -
1.More than 1 Petabyte main memory
2.10 Petabyte Disk Storage
3.Half an exabyte archival storage
4.400 Gbit/s external connectivity
Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois.