Filling the Gap between Education and Industry: Evidence-Based Methods for Introducing Undergraduate Students to HPC
Authors: Fabio Francisco Banchelli Gracia (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), Filippo Mantovani (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
Abstract: Educational institutions provide, in most cases, basic theoretical background covering several computational science topics. However High Performance Computing (HPC) and Parallel and Distributed Computing (PDC) markets require specialized technical profiles. Even the most skilled students are often not prepared to face production HPC applications of thousand of lines nor complex computational frameworks from other disciplines nor heterogeneous multinode machines accessed by hundreds of users. In this paper, we present an educational package for filling this gap. Leveraging the 4-year experience of the Student Cluster Competition, we present our educational journey together with the lessons learned and the outcomes of our methodology. We present how, in a time span of a semester and an affordable budget, a university can implement an educational package preparing pupils for starting competitive professional careers. Our findings also highlight that 78% of the students exposed to our methods remain within the HPC high-education, research or industry.
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