<span class="var-sub_title">Potential Influence of Prior Experience in an Undergraduate-Graduate Level HPC Course</span> SC18 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Fifth SC Workshop on Best Practices for HPC Training and Education


Potential Influence of Prior Experience in an Undergraduate-Graduate Level HPC Course

Abstract: A course on High Performance Computing at Case Western Reserve University included students with a range of technical and academic experience. We consider these experiential differences with regard to student performance and perceptions. The course relied heavily on C programming and multithreading, but one third of the students had no prior experience with these techniques. Academic experience also varied, as the class included 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, master’s students, PhD students, and non-degree students. Results indicate that student performance did not depend on technical experience. However, average performance was slightly higher for graduate students. Additionally, we report on students’ perceptions of the course, including opinions on the level of theoretical coverage and expectations for report writing.

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