Slots Still Available in Blue Waters and XSEDE-sponsored HPC Programs

By John Russell

January 20, 2016

The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program at the National Center For Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) and the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences sponsored by Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) still have openings for their respective programs although the deadlines are approaching.

The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program lets graduate students from across the country immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive research using the Blue Waters supercomputer to accelerate their research. NCSA is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

This unique program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to support PhD students engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of Blue Waters as the fellowship provides up to 50,000 node-hours on the Blue Waters system.

Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $38,000 for the year long fellowship. They will also receive up to a $12,000 tuition allowance. During the fellowship year, the fellow’s academic institution is asked to exempt the recipient of any other tuition and fee charges normally charged to students of comparable academic standing. Recipients will receive travel funds to attend the Blue Waters symposium.

Applications, including all supporting materials except reference letters, must be submitted no later than midnight PST on February 3, 2016. Awards will be announced in spring 2016, with the tuition allowance applied to the 2016-2017 academic year. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in a multidisciplinary research project that combines disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science applications. Links to materials are provided at the end of this article

ISS on HPC Challenges
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the seventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 26 to July 1, 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The program is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, Compute/Calcul Canada, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the RIKEN Advanced Insti­tute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS). Applications are due February 15, 2016.

Leading American, European and Japanese computational scientists and HPC technologists will offer instruction on a variety of topics, including:

  • HPC challenges by discipline (e.g, earth, life and materials sciences, physics)
  • HPC programming proficiencies
  • Performance analysis and profiling
  • Algorithmic approaches and numerical libraries
  • Data-intensive computing
  • Scientific visualization
  • Canadian, EU, Japanese and U.S. HPC-infrastructures

The expense-paid program will benefit advanced scholars from Canadian, European, Japanese and U.S. institutions who use HPC to conduct research. Interested students should apply by February 15, 2016. Meals and housing will be covered for the selected participants, also travel from outside Europe. Applications from graduate students and postdocs in all science and engineering fields are welcome. Preference will be given to applicants with parallel programming experience, and a research plan that will benefit from the utilization of high performance computing systems.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the seventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 26 to July 1, 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

NCSA – Blue Waters Program Information
For complete information on the fellowships, visit https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/fellowships. Profiles of the past fellowship recipients are also linked from that page. For questions contact [email protected].

For complete details of the Blue Waters system, visit https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/hardware-summary.

 

International HPC Summer School PROGRAM Information
For further information and application go to http://ihpcss2016.hpc.fs.uni-lj.si/.

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