XSEDE News

XSEDE Seeking Partner Institutions to Offer Course in Applications of Parallel Computing

 
XSEDE and the University of California, Berkeley are offering an online course on parallel computing for graduate students and advanced undergraduates and are seeking other university partners that are interested in offering the course for credit to their students. The course includes online video lectures, and autograded quizzes and homework assignments with access to free accounts on NSF-supported XSEDE supercomputers. Last year the course included participants from 12 different institutions with students from a variety of backgrounds that successfully completed the course.  
 
Participating institutions will need to provide a local instructor that will be responsible for advising the local students and officially assigning grades. Students will complete the online course quizzes and exercises as part of their grade and can then undertake a final group project supervised by the local instructor. The course will begin on January 10, 2017 and end on May 12, 2017. Course materials can be reviewed at https://www.cac.cornell.edu/VW/apc/default.aspx.  
 
XSEDE and Berkeley staff will meet with local instructors online every two weeks and also help with answers to student questions using an online forum. Local instructors may design their own group project or choose from a number of projects that have been undertaken by students in the past. For examples of class projects done in previous semesters at UC Berkeley, see:
 
 
For students presenting their projects in the Spring 2015 offering, or the presentations from Spring 2014 at:
 
 
Instructors interested in the collaborative class should contact Steve Gordon, at sgordon@osc.edu or by phone at 614-292-4132.
 
 
Here are some quotes from the faculty who have participated in the course in the past:
 
"The opportunity to participate in the Applications of Parallel Computing course provided my students with access to world-class material, challenging assignments, supercomputing resources and interactions with students and teaching assistants at other institutions that a small college such as The Citadel could not otherwise provide."
- Dr. George Rudolph, The Citadel
 
"This class and the resources provided filled an unmet need at Oklahoma State U that could not have otherwise been offered.  Students from multiple departments gained expertise (and course credit) in parallel computing that they are actively applying to their research endeavors.  The challenging nature of the material stretched the students far beyond what they thought they were capable of."  
- Dr. Dana Brunson, Oklahoma State University.
 
"As a result of having taken the course one of the Ph.D. students is currently developing his thesis using XSEDE resources, another Ph.D. student teamed with a master degree student in a project that culminated as the thesis of the master degree student. The undergraduate student selected an internship that was geared toward scientific application rather that commercial."
- Dr. Ana Carmen Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.