“Systems like Argonne’s Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system with nearly a million cores, can enable breakthroughs in science, but to use them productively requires expertise in computer architectures, parallel programming, mathematical software, data management and analysis, performance analysis tools, software engineering, and so on. Our training program exposes the participants to all those topics and provides hands-on exercises for experimenting with most of them.”
Team applications are now being accepted for the SC14 Student Cluster Competition. “The energy and dedication that the student teams bring to the Student Cluster Competition is inspiring, especially as they work around the clock to overcome obstacles and get their systems up and running,” said Student Cluster Competition Chair Dustin Leverman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “Though they are competing all out against one another, the teams also share a camaraderie as they race to the end.”
The Blue Waters Student Internship Program is now accepting applications. Applications are due March 21, 2014.
Barry Bolding from Cray presented this talk at the 2014 HPCAC Stanford HPC & Exascale Conference. “Productive Exascale is not simply about achieving a set of technologies and performance metrics, it is about providing systems that fit into the production scientific workflow environments that will exist at the end of this decade.”
“There’s no limit on how much gear or what type of hardware teams can bring to the competition. But there’s a catch: whatever they run can’t consume more than 3,000 watts at whatever volts and amps are customary in that location. In the US, the limit is 26 amps (26*115 volts = 3000 watts.) At the ISC’13 competition in Germany, the limit will be 13 amps (13*230 volts = 3,000 watts.) The same 3,000-watt limit also applies to the upcoming ASC competition in Shanghai.”
The NSF’s Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program is seeking graduate students from across the country to immerse themselves in a year of focused HPC research.