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August 2007

CISL cultivates the next generation


SIParCS interns, from left to right: Ryan O’Kuinghttons (CSM), Victor Snyder (CSM), Kenny Gruchalla (CU), Michael Levy (CU), Arunasalam Rahuynanthan (University of Wyoming), Matthew Norman (North Carolina State University), and Robert House (CU). (Photo courtesy CISL.)

Seven students are getting a taste of supercomputing this summer in a new CISL-sponsored internship program called SIParCS (Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science).

“A summer working with the Earth System Modeling Framework has been a great opportunity to get some experience developing a large project—something you just can’t learn in school,” says Ryan O’Kuinghttons, a graduate student at Colorado School of Mines (CSM).

“I’ve learned a lot about parallel computing, which will be helpful in completing my master’s thesis, and I’ve learned a lot about professional software development, which will hopefully be useful in finding a good job,” adds Victor Snyder, also from CSM.

SIParCS is intended for undergraduate and graduate students in computational science, applied mathematics, computer science, and computational geosciences. It aims to address the shortage of scientists and engineers trained to maintain and use the high-end systems necessary for computational geosciences research. Institutions participating in the program this year include the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, North Carolina State University, and University of Wyoming.

“We hope to make a positive impact on the quality and diversity of the workforce needed to use and operate 21st century supercomputers,” says Rich Loft, director of CISL’s technology development division.

During their 10–12 week internships, students gain practical experience with a wide variety of parallel computational science problems through working with the high-performance computing systems and applications related to NCAR’s science mission. The program culminates with oral presentations and, in some cases, research papers.•

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