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More than 70 students from 4 continents gain HPC skills at fourth annual Summer School

More than 70 graduate students and post docs from Europe, Japan and the United States participated in the Fourth Annual International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, held on 23 – 28 June 2013, in New York City.

From several hundred applications, 30 graduate students and post docs from Europe, 30 from the United States, and 11 from Japan were invited to the one-week event at New York University in downtown Manhattan, New York City. Participants—more than 20 percent of them women—came from four continents (Asia, Europe, North America, Central and South America) and represented at least 27 nationalities.

The summer school was jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the European Union Seventh Framework Program's Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), and Japan’s RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS). Leading U.S., European and Japanese computational scientists and high-performance computing technologists offered instruction on a variety of topics, including:

In addition to promoting knowledge of high-performance computing and its applications, by bringing together participants and presenters from institutions representing 15 countries, the workshop also encourages international collaborations and friendships.

Several students commented on the quality of the summer school and said this was the best such event they'd ever attended,” said Galen Arnold, a systems engineer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). [Read more comments from participants and presenters below]

This was the fourth in an ongoing series of international HPC summer schools. Planning has begun for the fifth summer school, to be held June 2014 in Europe.

Additional information about the event is available at:https://www.xsede.org/web/summerschool13/.

What participants and presenters say about the 2013 Summer School

“The Summer School completely fulfilled my expectations. The talks showed the importance of HPC methods in a data- and compute-driven world now and in the future and presented many diverse tasks, application fields and challenges with respect to computational sciences in general.

I had exciting and inspiring discussions on my research -- simulation techniques and application of HPC methods -- with researches and colleagues from the same field, but also I had a great chance to get to know how the (simulation and HPC) methods I use are applied in other fields, too, which was fascinating and motivating! Moreover, the atmosphere among the presenters and participants was really great and I felt like being part of a big family with everyone interested in and caring about each other’s challenges.”-- Nicolai Schoch, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

“It was a terrific to be able to work with and learn from this next generation of computational (and data) scientists from across the globe. This generation is not hindered by boundaries between nations nor between scientific and computing disciplines!” -- keynote speaker Ed Seidel, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia

“The HPC summer school is an outstanding international learning environ­ment, not only for the students, but with the high development pace in computing I have always been amazed how much new knowledge I pick up both from speakers and participating students. With RIKEN now having joined PRACE and XSEDE, the meeting has firmly established itself as the World Series of cross-disciplinary high performance computing talks, and it provides a unique opportunity for students to form their own international networks.”-- Erik Lindahl, professor, Stockholm University, Sweden

“I was so impressed with the excellent quality of students with various research backgrounds, and really enjoyed the mentoring sessions. Actually, I got some new ideas for my future work through interactions with them.”-- Kengo Nakajima, professor, University of Tokyo, Japan

“Occasions are rare when you can communicate what is happening at the frontier of your field to young researchers in a wide area of sciences, and from across the globe on top. The summer school provided a perfect setup for this, and gave me an exceptional experience.” -- Akira Ukawa, professor, University of Tsukuba, Japan

About PRACE: The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 4 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements RI-261557, RI-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see www.prace-ri.eu

About RIKEN AICS: RIKEN is one of Japan's largest research organizations with institutes and centers in locations throughout Japan. The Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) strives to create an international center of excellence dedicated to generating world-leading results through the use of its world-class supercomputer "K computer." It serves as the core of the "innovative high-performance computer infrastructure" project promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

About XSEDE: XSEDE is a virtual organization that provides a dynamic distributed infrastructure, support services, and technical expertise that enable researchers, engineers, and scholars to address the most important and challenging problems facing the nation and world. XSEDE supports a growing collection of advanced computing, high-end visualization, data analysis, and other resources and services. XSEDE is funded by the National Science Foundation. www.xsede.org


Hermann Lederer
RZG, Max Planck Society, Germany

Simon Wong
ICHEC, Ireland

Mitsuhisa Sato

Scott Lathrop
NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

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