PRACE Summer of HPC Students@EPCC

Author: Irina Nazarova
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 | 10:16
The 24 PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) students have now completed their training here at EPCC. Four of the students will be hosted by us until the end of August - you can read about them below.

The SoHPC programme offers undergraduate and junior postgraduate university students the opportunity to spend two months of the summer at an HPC centre in a PRACE partner country. Students undertake a visualisation project, which is based on the outcomes of PRACE technical work or other work using PRACE resources.

Meet our PRACE SoHPC students

Marko Misic is a 29-year-old Serbian and will be working with Iain Bethune. His project will be looking at "Multi-platform parallel code coverage and regression testing with CP2K". 

Marko studied Computer Engineering and Informatics at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, where  he is currently a PhD student and a teacher assistant; he is in his third year of research in the field of GPU computing (GPU programming, GPU architecture and organisation, algorithms …) and he teaches courses on programming, algorithms, multiprocessor systems and GPU computing.

Marko is from Kovin, small town in northern Serbia, but he has been living in Belgrade for 10 years. He loves travelling, and has visited many European countries from France and Germany to Russia. He has also visited the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) in Spain and  has worked for NVIDIA in California, United States, during his three-month internship in the summer of 2009.

Stamatia Tourna is from Greece and will be working with Nick Johnson on a project to do "Timeline profiling and visualisation in Python". 

Stamatia is currently studying Computer Engineering and Informatics at the University of Patras, a university that boasts the largest campus in all of Greece, and aims to go on to further study. She prides herself on having learned more about her subject than was strictly required and considers the day she was accepted onto her course at university to be the happiest of her life.

Besides hard working, she describes herself as cheerful and social and has interests outside of academia that include singing and dancing. She is particularly fond of R’n’B music and the bands Depeche Mode, the Beatles and Muse.

Antoine Dewilde is from Belgium and will be working with Nick Brown on a project to do "Dinosaur racing to demonstrate the role of HPC in simulation" which will be used by EPCC in its outreach activities.

Antoine Dewilde is from Belgium, he studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He spent the last year as a Master student in computer science. His master thesis is about machine learning. “In particular,” he explains, “finding a way to automatically learn people’s behaviour when they play a game. A Spanish research group made 625 people play a game while recording players' actions and I have designed an algorithm that uses this dataset to find the different categories of players.”

He is also in search for a PhD in computer science, looking for opportunities in the UK. Antoine lives in Brussels and he likes travelling, so going abroad for a PhD would be a good opportunity for him.

Simone de Camillis is from Italy and will be working with Oliver Henrich and Kevin Stratford on a project entitled "Looking inside a Liquid Crystal Display with Paraview".

Simone is from Teramo, a town on the east coast of Italy. He is finishing his masters degree in plasma physics in Pisa. For his final thesis he is studying plasma dynamic fluids applied to the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction. After completing his studies, he will move to Belfast, Northern Ireland to study laser plasma interaction for his Phd.

Simone doesn’t like to watch sports, instead he plays volleyball and likes to swim. Until his twenties he was a member of the scouts and later became a senior scout and prepared activities for the younger ones. He likes cross-country and travelling into nature, which isn't surprising as Teramo is close to some of the largest nature reserves in Europe.

He has already been exposed to practical parallel programming. He gained some basic knowledge on parallel computing, in particular MPI programming, while working on his masters thesis. His interest in the subject brought him to the Advanced School on Parallel Computing at CINECA, to get a better overview of parallel programming technologies like MPI, OpenMP and hybrid programming.

We wish these students, as well as their colleagues hosted at the other PRACE HPC centres, a good, successful and productive summer!

Content for this blog article has been derived from the PRACE Summer of HPC blog.