Recently I was involved in an effort, sponsored by CCT at LSU to teach high school kids about supercomputing. Five local high schools were involved, each of which sent a teacher and about four specially picked students.
Each school’s team did the following:
- Connected 5 nodes to form a mini supercomputer
- Installed the Operating System (Win 2003 Compute Cluster)
- Heard lectures/tutorials from:
- Dr. Thomas Stirling, inventor of the commodity cluster or Beowulf computer
- Dr. Peter Diener, who uses supercomputers for Relativity Research
- Dr. Mayank Tiaga, who uses supercomputers for Computational Fluid Dynamics Research
- Learned to program in Python
- Learned to program MPI (Message Passing Interface) via PyMPI (course materials are here).
It was a monumental effort and has left me exhausted. But I think it was worthwhile, and I think it made a difference.
You can find a writeup about the event in HPC Wire.