PRACE Summer of HPC 2014

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 4 Aug 2014 | 11:38

This summer we have two students who have joined us for 9 weeks as part of the Summer of HPC programme. It is a great idea; in working on an HPC project not only do the students gain experience and enthusiasm for the field but also the actual work done on the projects is useful and important too.

Rajagopal Hariharan is working as part of the Adept project on methods for visualization of the energy usage and energy efficiency of computers of all sizes, from HPC supercomputers like ARCHER to small embedded devices. Adept is a 3-year, EC-funded FP7 project concerned with measuring, analysing and predicting the power usage of computer systems. Led by EPCC, it involves partners in academia and industry from Belgium, Sweden and the UK.

Rajagopal is currently enrolled in the Masters in Innovation and Research in Informatics (MIRI) course, High Performance Computing specialization at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTech) and he is one of the four recipients of the Severo Ochoa Scholarship. Before this course he was a part-time research trainee at WAran Research FoundaTion (WARFT) and this channelled his interests towards HPC with a focus on performance-power modeling and analysis in heterogeneous multi-core architectures. Rajagopal also loves travelling; over the last two years he has travelled in the United States, many parts of Spain and intends to travel to other parts of Europe from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean in the future.

Our second student, Nedim, is working on our dinosaur racing outreach demonstration. Over the past year this has become a major activity at EPCC outreach events and there are plenty of improvements and features that have been requested. We plan to debut the improvements Nedim will be making at the British Science Festival in September. The purpose of this work is not only to make the demonstration smoother and more engaging, it also keeps it fresh so that anybody who we spoke to last year will have a new experience this time around.

Nedim has just finished his diploma in engineering degree at Mostar, Bosnia. The main focus of his study was on software engineering and computer networks where he developed his interest in HPC systems and parallel architectures. One of the things that attracted Nedim to the Summer of HPC programme was the practical level of knowledge that students acquire during their time and he is hoping to use this as a basis for further study in HPC. He is also very interested in research and aims to work in that area in the future, tackling some of the problems that face the HPC community.

Updates will be posted about progress as the programme continues… So watch this space.