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September 23, 2005
Let's Talk Xanga or Let's Just Talk
In an article published in the Sept. 16, 2005 edition of HPCWire, Madhavan, Goasguen and Bertoline make a revolutionary argument about delivering education in ways generation Z-ers "dig." I welcome this argument and applaud the authors for their ideas.
Although these ideas might be fresh in HPC education, in my field, they are grounded in over 2,000 years of knowledge. Ever since Aristotle, the golden rule of communication has been to know your audience. In rhetoric, communication and public relations we teach and practice the golden rule of audience adaptation: know where your audience is, what your audience does, what audience members like and customize your message and its delivery to fit their lifestyle.
Madhavan et al's argument about changing education is essentially rooted in this idea of audience adaptation. In the past, HPC and the humanities seemed scared to talk to each other, because they spoke different languages. I'm thrilled to see that Madhavan et al's article speaks our language and I would like to extend an invitation to dialogue and collaboration. You know HPC; we know communication: we know how to research and understand audiences, how to adapt messages, to get attention, to persuade.
I see ample opportunities for fruitful collaboration here. So let's talk Xanga, let's talk education or let's just talk. We could do great things together.
Mihaela VorvoreanuAssistant professor
Department of Communication
University of Dayton
Her research focuses on the communication experience of using new and emerging communication technologies, with applications in public relations.
Limit HPC Hardware Dependency
I'm writing in response to the article "Getting an HPC Education" (HPCwire, Sept. 20).
I've read articles over the past several years about the lack of HPC programs in high schools and junior colleges. I think the idea is out there, but educators are struggling with how to get it started. I feel one of the biggest problems faced by educators is the HPC hardware dependency. If we eliminate hardware out of this equation, then educators can at least have a better chance of getting HPC programs off the ground.
Your article sparked me to put together a datasheet on "Cluster Computing Systems on Demand" and write this email. My company provides cluster computing services over the internet. I feel this would be ideal for educators. They can focus on the computer science and not on funding and maintaining of equipment.
I'm looking to donate time and resources for a few potential pilot users trying to get their HPC programs off the ground. My company can help, but I need to reach the right people. If you know or come across any, please keep me in mind.
John Van Workum
Tsunamic Technologies Inc.
May 22, 2013 |
At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today. That could be made possible through recent advancements made with the Raspberry Pi computers.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 15, 2013 |
Supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have worked on important computational problems such as collapse of the atomic state, the optimization of chemical catalysts, and now modeling popping bubbles.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
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04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
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The Cray CS300-AC cluster supercomputer offers energy efficient, air-cooled design based on modular, industry-standard platforms featuring the latest processor and network technologies and a wide range of datacenter cooling requirements.