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Link of the Week - A new twist on summer camp: computing classes in the wild

Link of the Week - A new twist on summer camp: computing classes in the wild


Image courtesy Carlos Jaime-Barrios Hernandez

We've all heard of summer camp.

But SuperComputing Camp (or SSCAMP, as it is known by its acronym in Spanish) is a little different.

Starting on the 15th of August, 46 undergraduates and masters students will learn about high performance computing, grid computing, volunteer computing and cloud computing - while staying in a hacienda near Panachi National Wildlife Park, just outside the small town of Piedecuesta, Colombia.

The organizer, Carlos Jaime-Barrios Hernandez, says the idea is for students to learn in a natural environment, where they can explore and enjoy the great outdoors while having access to fully up-to-date facilities, including digital resources, projectors and live-video feeds to keynote speeches and online lectures. They will remotely connect to the grid infrastructure via the web.

Hernandez - a research scientist and coordinator of High Performance and Scientific Computing at the University of Santander, Columbia - says that SSCAMP has generated interest beyond the borders of Latin America, with educators from schools as far afield as France, Italy, and Trinidad and Tobago aiming to send their pupils to the summer school in 2011.

-Adrian Giordani for iSGTW

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