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2002 MSI Meeting

2002 MSI Meeting

The Regional Cluster Computing Workshop Program
The Regional Cluster Computing Workshop Program is a project of the Minority Serving Institution High Performance Computing (MSI HPC) Workshop Series hosted by EOT-PACI/AN-MSI—Education, Outreach & Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (EOT-PACI) Advanced Networking with Minority Serving Institutions (AN-MSI).

Workshop Description
The Cluster Computing Workshop is a two-day tutorial targeted to beginners who want to learn how to set up and use clusters. The workshop format will consist of two segments:

  • High Performance Computing Basics: This segment will feature EOT-PACI projects and resources and emerging technologies such as the Access Grid. The National Computational Science Institute: An Undergraduate Initiative of The Shodor Education Foundation and The National Computational Science Education Consortium will introduce the hands-on use of computational science, numerical models, and data visualization tools across the curriculum.

  • Cluster Computing Hands-on Workshop: This segment will walk faculty through a specific technology tool, Cluster Computers. This workshop will be a combination of formal presentations, discussions and hands on installation work. The specific cluster technology presented will be OSCAR software (Open Source Cluster Application Resources) installed cluster running under RedHat Linux http://oscar.sourceforge.net/.

These workshops are sponsored by:

  • The National Science Foundation's Advanced Networking with Minority Serving Institutions (AN-MSI)/Education, Outreach and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (EOT-PACI)
  • The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The National Computational Science Institute (NCSI)—an undergraduate initiative of The Shodor Education Foundation

There is no registration fee for these events. Selected workshop participants will be awarded travel grants to attend one of the three workshops. Although all are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those who submit as part of a two-person team made up of faculty and IT from an institution.

These grants are being provided to reach groups that have traditionally not had access to high performance computing. These groups include faculty members, IT professionals and advanced graduate students of the MSI community: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). These grants will cover lodging, travel and some meals for the workshop meeting times. Please note that you must be either a US citizen or permanent resident in order to qualify for these grants.

All grant applicants will be notified of the status of their application by email.


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