Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates

The Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates program provides exposure to HPC research topics and techniques to undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above. The program introduces various aspects of HPC research at the SC12 conference to increase awareness of opportunities to perform research as an undergraduate and potentially in graduate school or in a job related to HPC topics in computer science and computational science.

The program contains selected parts of the main SC Technical Program, with several additional elements. Special sessions include panels with current graduate students in HPC areas to discuss graduate school and research, and panels with senior HPC researchers from universities, government  and industrial labs to discuss career opportunities in HPC fields.

Students from the NSF EPSCoR Student Engagement Program have also been invited to participate in the Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates program sessions.  The program provides awareness and education for both undergraduate and graduate students, nationally, to establish a foundation for experiencing high performance computing and other areas of cyberinfrastructure.  More information is available at http://www.clemson.edu/ccit/about/EPSCoR-Student-CI/index.html

Program Chair: Alan Sussman, University of Maryland

Questions? Write to HPCundergrads@info.supercomputing.org

Schedule of Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Events

Session: Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates - Welcome and Orientation
Time: Monday, November 12, 6 – 7 p.m.
Session Chair: Alan Sussman

Abstract: This session will introduce participants to the program, and provide details on the rest of the program for the conference. That will include information on the special sessions for the HPC Undergraduate Program, and guidance on other SC12 events that are especially accessible for students.

Session: Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates - Introduction to HPC
Time: Tuesday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Session Chair: Barbara A. Kucera, University of Kentucky

  • Prof. Chris Johnson, University of Utah
  • Prof. Bill Gropp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Prof. Andrew Chien, University of Chicago
  • Prof. Allen Malony, University of Oregon

Abstract: This session will provide an introduction to four main HPC areas - Applications, Programming, Architecture and Tools. Distinguished professors with expertise and in each of the areas will give overviews of the current state of the art, and answer questions.

Session: Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates - Graduate Student Perspective
Time: Wednesday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Room: 250-AB
Session Chair: Alan Sussman, University of Maryland

  • Stephen Olivier, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Scott Beamer, University of California, Berkeley
  • Preeti Malakar, Indian Institute of Science
  • Hari Subramoni, Ohio State University
  • Bing Xie, Duke University
  • Kiril Dichev, University College Dublin
  • Tanzima Islam, Purdue University
  • Jinsuk Chung, University of Texas at Austin

Abstract: This session will be held as a panel. Current graduate students, all of whom are candidates for best student paper award in the technical papers program at SC12, will discuss their experiences in being a graduate student in an HPC discipline.

Session: Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates - Careers in HPC
Time: Thursday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Room: 250-AB
Session Chair: James B. von Oehsen, Clemson University

  • Dr. Dennis Gannon, Microsoft Corporation
  • Dr. Steve Parker, NVIDIA
  • Dr. Martin Schulz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Prof. Padma Raghavan, Pennsylvania State University

Abstract: In this session held as a panel, researchers from industry, government laboratories and academia will discuss prospective careers in HPC-related topics.