The Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates program gives undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above an introduction to HPC research topics and techniques. The program introduces various aspects of HPC research at the SC17 conference to participants to give them a better understanding of opportunities to perform research as an undergraduate and potentially in graduate school. This information is also useful in deciding on career options 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.
The program covers travel expenses for students to attend SC17, including air travel, housing, and registration for the full Technical Program and workshops at the conference.
All the sessions will take place in room 701 of the Colorado Convention Center.
Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Opening Reception
2-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13
This session is a “meet and greet” for students in the program and HPC for Undergraduates Chair Erik Saule.
Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Orientation
3 – 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13
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.
*Erik Saule, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates: Introduction to HPC Research
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14
A panel of leading practitioners in HPC will introduce the various aspects of HPC, including architecture, applications, programming models and tools.
The speakers are:
*Manish Parashar, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
*John Shalf, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
*Martin Schulz, Technical University of Munich
*Chris Johnson, University of Utah
Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates: Graduate Student Perspective
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15
This session will be held as a panel discussion. Current graduate students, some of whom are candidates for the Best Student Paper Award in the Technical Papers program at SC17 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.
The speakers are:
*Danilo Carastan-Santos, Federal University of ABC
*Amir Gholami, University of California Berkeley
*Amalee Wilson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
*Yasodhadevi Nachimuthu, Portland State University
*Kellon Belfon, Stony Brook University
*Klaudius Scheufele, University of Stuttgart
Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates: Careers in HPC
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16
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.
The panel members are:
*Steve Poole, Open Source Software Solution
*Swann Perarneau, Argonne National Laboratory
*Daniel Katz, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
*Dorian Arnold, Emory University
*Sunita Chandrasekaran, University of Delaware
*Michael Wolfe, NVIDIA
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