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Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates


The Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Program provides exposure to HPC research topics and techniques for undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above. The Program introduces various aspects of HPC research at the SC14 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.

Schedule of Sessions

Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Orientation
3- 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17
Room 290
Presenters: Jeffrey K. Hollingsworth and Alan Sussman, University of Maryland

This session will provide an introduction to HPC for the participants in the HPC for Undergraduates Program. Topics will include an introduction to MPI, shared memory programming, domain decomposition and the typical structure of scientific programming.


Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates: Introduction to HPC Research
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18
Room 295
Presenters: Jacqueline Chen, Sandia National Laboratories; William Kramer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; John Mellor-Crummey, Rice University; and Manish Parashar, Rutgers University

A panel of leading practitioners in HPC will introduce the various aspects of HPC, including architecture, applications, programming models and tools.


Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates: Graduate Student Perspective
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19
Room 295
Presenters: Kai Ren, Carnegie Mellon University; Ismail El-Helw, VU University Amsterdam; Adam T. McLaughlin, Georgia Institute of Technology; Maciej Besta, ETH-Zurich; Dhairya Malhotra, University of Texas at Austin; Mehmet Can Kurt, Ohio State University

This session will be held as a panel discussion. Current graduate students, all of whom are candidates for the Best Student Paper Award in the Technical Papers program at SC14, will discuss their experiences in being a graduate student in an HPC discipline. They will also talk about the process of writing their award-nominated paper.


Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates: Careers in HPC
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20
Room 295
Presenters: David Bernholdt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Brad Chamberlain, Cray Inc.; Elizabeth R. Jessup, University of Colorado; Rob Schreiber, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.; and Michela Taufer, University of Delaware

This panel will feature a number of distinguished members of the HPC research community discussing their varied career paths. The panel includes representatives from industry, government labs and universities. The session will include ample time for questions from the audience.


Questions: HPCundergrads@info.supercomputing.org