This year, SDSC is sponsoring two initiatives, HPC Students Program and the UCSD Supercomputing Club, with the intent of introducing students to HPC, helping them engage in HPC activities, and to participate in future SCC activities (starting with SC19 in Denver). This Spring, we will be holding HPC Training Sessions, where students will learn common HPC concepts including optimization, distributed computing, cloud computing, GPU acceleration, and parallel computing. Training will be presented by SDSC staff, with the assistance of the Supercomputing Club. Those students who complete the HPC training will receive an SDSC Certificate of Completion in “HPC Training” and will be eligible to apply for the SCC team. A small group of students will have the opportunity to travel to SCC’19 (all expenses paid) and have the experience of a lifetime.
Notes: (1) this will be an annual activity, with future opportunities including sponsoring a team for the ISC High-Performance Computing meeting during Summer 2020 (https://www.isc-hpc.com/). (2) Although participation on thei SCC team is limited to undergraduates, participation in the HPC Training Program is open to all intereseted UCSD undegraduate and graduate students.
HPC Training will be based on a series of sessions, to be held on Fridays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the SDSC SynCenter, or the Auditorium. Students will give accounts on Comet, the SDSC Supercomputer, and be given the opportunity to complete several basic assignments. Students who successfully complete the HPC Training program will receive an SDSC Certificate of Completion in HPC Training, and will become eligible to apply to be on the SCC Core team. Note: the final SCC team who will travel to the competition will be chosen from this group.
Once the training sessions have been completed, a group of the top students (appx 20) who have completed the program will be selected to work on the SCC core team. The team will work throughout the Summer to build out and admin an HPC cluster (on loan to SDSC for the competition) and start training on the science applications
The final 6 (plus alternates), who will travel to the meeting, will be chosen from the SCC core group. Core team memebers must commit to traveling to SCC in Denver, CO. from Saturday, 11/16/19 to Friday, 11/22/19. Note: all team members will be participating in preparing for the actual meeting.