CCAST EVENTS - POSTED ON AUG 07, 2015
High-Performance Computing (HPC) has become an indispensable discovery tool for researchers, students, and businesses. HPC applications can now be found in almost any field, from science and engineering to business, agriculture, and arts.
The Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) conducted a series of boot camps in 2015 to introduce the basics of HPC to NDSU students, staff, and faculty who are interested in this field. More than 40 people signed up to attend.
During the four-day event, offered twice over the period of two weeks this spring, those who participated received information via lectures and demonstrations with Raspberry Pi – a computer cluster model built by CCAST for these outreach activities. Training included hands-on sessions where participants had an opportunity to run simple and complex computer programs on CCAST’s clusters and learn about parallel computing.
The boot camps were well received by the diverse group of participants, from faculty members and researchers who were experienced HPC users, to first-year undergraduate students who did not have prior experience with Linux and HPC.
“I enjoyed hearing (about) the real world applications,” commented Derek Evanson, an undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering. “Cool programs and can’t wait to try it myself,” said Dan Evenson, another Electrical Engineering major.
The participants found the visualization of parallel computer programs very interesting as well. “Very cool demonstration,” said Alex Flage, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, about the demonstrations with CCAST’s Raspberry Pi. “The LED lighting made it easier to visualize the code.”
CCAST will be offering these HPC boot camps again in the future. A version of these computing boot camps may also be developed and offered to K-12 teachers and students in the greater Fargo area.