In this video, Lorenzo Berardinetti describes how high school students built a supercomputer in Ontario and why this type of hands-on instruction leads to critical thinking. Recorded May 31, 2012.
Working with staff from SciNet, Canada’s largest open supercomputing centre, the students at the SATEC school, (many of whom have been part of the school’s ICT Specialist High Skills Major program) with the help of their teacher Sacha Noukhovitch and their ICT department, learned how to write parallel programs to tackle the biggest computations, faster. They learned to use OpenMP to make use of all the processors on modern motherboards, and MPI to communicate between different nodes within a cluster.
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