<span class="var-sub_title">Best Practices for Scaling-Up and Sustaining HPC Education, Outreach and Training</span> SC18 Proceedings

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Best Practices for Scaling-Up and Sustaining HPC Education, Outreach and Training

Authors: Nitin Sukhija (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania), Benson Muite (University of Tartu, Estonia), Scott Lathrop (University of Illinois), Maciej Cytowski (Pawsey Supercomputing Centre), Matthew Curry (Sandia National Laboratories), Alexander Ditter (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Susan Mehringer (Cornell University), Francis Lee Bu Sung (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Andrew Turner (University of Edinburgh), Bryan Johnston (Centre for High Performance Computing, South Africa)

Abstract: The HPC community is delivering HPC educational content and training to address workforce preparation at all levels - from undergraduate students to career professionals. Flexible and scalable pedagogical and andragogical approaches are needed to address the broad workforce needs from the basics of computational thinking to extreme scale performance. Through brief presentations followed by open discussions, this ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter coordinated BOF will engage the audience in discussions of the challenges and solutions for scaling-up and sustaining successful HPC teaching and learning. The activities include formal courses, MOOCs, extracurricular activities, webcast training, and Carpentries models of teaching and learning.

Long Description: Parallel computing is becoming more relevant in non-traditional disciplines. Moreover, given the dynamism of today’s computational environments, the traditional classroom approach for HPC pedagogy does not fit all needs required at various levels of education. The traditional computer science education which typically mentions briefly the concept of threading is no longer apt for preparing the future HPC workforce. Additionally, many K-12 and post-college personnel are encountering problems or are involved in projects where high performance computing can make a useful contribution. In recent years, there have been several pedagogical and andragogical approaches initiated by the HPC community to increase the instructional effectiveness for bridging the gaps in HPC knowledge and skills.

This BoF, an ACM SIGHPC education chapter coordinated effort aims to share experiences with educational approaches and challenges that stimulate the acquisition of high performance computing skills. The BoF assembles a distinguished panel of speakers involved in HPC training and education efforts worldwide who will present five-minute introductory overviews on: 1) High performance computing efforts in Singapore and the HPC AI competition (Francis Lee) 2) Broadening high performance computing in South Africa (Bryan Johnston) 3) Educational training in XSEDE environments (Susan Mehringer) 4) HPC carpentry efforts (Andrew Turner) 5) Integration of HPC with advanced degree programs in Germany (Alexander Ditter)

Each presentation will be followed by a two-minute short question answer session. After the overview talks a 45 minutes discussion session will be conducted to gather best practices, to understand and highlight factors and challenges for establishing sustainable long-term collaborative efforts focusing on development supporting HPC education. The BoF will be moderated by Matthew Curry, Nitin Sukhija and Maciej Cytowski. The speakers will aim to address the following questions: a) Why does their program exist? b) How do they make their program sustainable (if needed)? c) What metrics for success do they have for their program? d) What do they expect the long-term impact of their program to be? e) How do they prepare their participants to educate others on adopting HPC?

The SIGHPC education committee has coordinated several BoFs during this year focusing on HPC education and training efforts, and related challenges and successes. A BoF focusing on widening participation in HPC education and training was conducted and well received at the 2018 international supercomputing conference (ISC18) and two related BoFs were conducted at PEARC 2018. This BoF will discuss best practices, strategies and sustainable models for training and educating the current and the next generation of HPC taskforce. This BOF will be of high interest to SC 2018 participants with a stake in using and/or providing HPC education. This includes, but is not limited to, academia, industry, government and non-profit/non-governmental organizations worldwide. Of particular interest are students/HPC leaders, those who organise/advise on the Student Cluster Competition, Student Volunteers, and Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates, and those who actively participate in HPC related education and training. This includes domain science and engineering researchers, faculty, software developers, systems administrators, information technology staff, user support professionals and computing center management.

URL: https://sighpceducation.acm.org/

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