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December 19, 2013

Free Courses in Supercomputing Available Online

Dec. 19 — The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), which manages some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers an invitation to a free seminar series in high-performance computing presented in 2014 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:10 to 3:10 Eastern Time. No registration is required. The seminars can be viewed online via WebEx or attended in-person on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) conference room 233.

Designed to increase awareness of high-performance computing (HPC) among the academic community, the series addresses subjects ranging from the most basic to the more advanced HPC skills and knowledge. In 2013, for example, students of the series received an overview of the importance of supercomputing, how to acquire compute time via XSEDE (NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) and INCITE (the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment), introductions to HPC and Unix/Linux, Linux shell programming, HPC for engineering and the life sciences, and more.

Reviewing the archive of the 2013 courses will provide a good background for the ones offered in 2014. Twenty sessions from the fall of 2013 have been archived and are available for download, and 41 sessions will be posted in the spring of 2014. The calendar of topics and download links, along with instructions on how to join the seminar courses online, are presented on the seminar page.

The seminar series is a joint effort of NICS, the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS), the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), and ICL.

About NICS

The National Institute for Computational Sciences operates the University of Tennessee supercomputing center, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. NICS is a major partner in NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, known as XSEDE.

About JICS

The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences was established by the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance scientific discovery and state-of-the-art engineering, and to further knowledge of computational modeling and simulation. JICS realizes its vision by taking full advantage of petascale-and-beyond computers housed at ORNL and by educating a new generation of scientists and engineers well-versed in the application of computational modeling and simulation for solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems.

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Source: NICS