Science Success Story

XSEDE PI Towns Talks ACSC at SC21

Advanced Computing for Social Change Spotlights Student Efforts

By Dina Meek, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

XSEDE PI and Project Director John Towns

Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's Supercomputing Conference in St. Louis (albeit a lighter version of the usual experience), XSEDE PI and Project Director John Towns had the opportunity to talk up a program central to the project's mission. Appearing on SC21TV, livestreamed from America's Center, Towns took time to talk about the importance of Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute, also known as Computing for Change. 

The program, which recruits primarily college sophomores and juniors nationwide, including those not seeking a computer science degree, is part of XSEDE's efforts to prepare and sustain a larger, more diverse pool of students to be future researchers and educators. For SC, teams of 4–6 students within the cohort each choose an issue impacting society and analyze data to identify trends that can potentially be acted upon. 

At A Glance

  • The program encourages nationally recruited college students to apply data analysis skills to issues impacting society with projects presented annually at SC

  • ACSC supports XSEDE's student engagement program mission to prepare and sustain a larger, more diverse pool of undergraduate and graduate students to be future researchers and educators.