Summer Institute

Mark Sheddon sheddon at Sdsc.Edu
Thu Apr 22 13:49:04 EST 1993


The National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the San Diego
Supercomputer Center present MetaCenter* Computational Science Institutes
in Parallel Computing August 9-20, 1993.


NCSA and SDSC are holding simultaneous computational science institutes in
parallel computing. The institutes will feature local and video-
teleconference lectures by CTC, NCSA, PSC, and SDSC staff members and
distinguished visiting lecturers on a range of parallel computing topics.
The institutes will also provide opportunities for hands-on experience with
parallel supercomputers. 

The institutes are subject to National Science Foundation approval and

Application deadline is June 25, 1993.

How you can participate in the Computational Science Institutes this year...

Applicant selection criteria:

Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty researchers working or
interested in parallel computing are encouraged to apply. Twenty academic
applicants at each site (NCSA and SDSC) will be selected to participate
under NSF sponsorship. The application deadline is June 25, 1993. Selection
of participants will be announced by July 10, 1993. Industrial researchers
are also invited to attend under special cost-sharing arrangements.

Selected guest lecturers (more to come):

Dr. Horst Simon 
Research Scientist 
with CSC at NASA Ames Research Center

Mr. Gary Montry 
Southwest Software Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dr. John Salmon
Research Fellow in Physics
California Institute of Technology

Dr. David Bailey
Research Scientist 
NASA Ames Research Center

NCSA and SDSC staff members will be available for consultation throughout
the two-week institutes.

Computational resources:

Ample Intel Paragon time and Thinking Machines CM-5 time will be allocated
to each attendee. In addition, time will be available on other
supercomputing platforms for comparative purposes. Each student will have
use of a machine networked to the supercomputers and high-end graphics
workstations (SGI and Sun) in the advanced scientific visualization
laboratories at each site.

Workshop projects:

Each attendee must bring a computational project to the institute. Projects
may include parallelizing a code, adding new features to a parallel code
(e.g., new computational methods, more efficient algorithms, etc.), or
adding visualization capabilities to a parallel code.

Attendees will be divided into small groups to present oral reports at the
end of the two-week institutes. Each student will also be asked to prepare
a short written report of his or her project.

NCSA and SDSC facilities will be available in the evenings and on the
weekends to give participants adequate time to work on their projects.

Travel expenses and accommodations for academic participants:

Travel expenses (up to $600) will be funded by the institute. (Car rentals
are not included.) Shared housing on campus will be provided. A meal
stipend will be disbursed at the institute. 

For additional information...

NCSA academic and industrial inquiries 
Alan Craig
(217) 244-1988
acraig at

SDSC academic inquiries 
Mark Sheddon
(619) 534-5130
sheddon at

SDSC industrial inquiries 
Robert Randall
(619) 534-5060
randall at


Please print or type the information requested below.

All applications must be received no later than June 25, 1993. Applications
received after this date will not be considered. 

Send your applications for either institute location to:
Mailing Address                    Federal Express Address
Tricia Koszycki                    Tricia Koszycki
San Diego Supercomputer Center     San Diego Supercomputer Center
P.O. Box 85608                     10100 Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92186-9784           La Jolla, CA 92093





Office telephone______________________ E-mail address_______________________


Machine/location preference:   CM-5 (NCSA)       Paragon (SDSC)      Either

Academic applicants only:

On an attached page, address the following:

- Describe your computing experience, including knowledge of hardware and

- Each participant must bring a parallel-related programming project to
work on during the laboratory sessions. Describe your proposed project
(e.g., the code you intend to work on and your experience with it).

- If you are a faculty member or researcher, describe the current area of
your research to which parallel supercomputing is applicable. If you are a
student, describe your undergraduate major or graduate thesis topic.

- Describe how supercomputing will aid your research or education.

- Describe how you plan to disseminate the information you learn at the
institute to others at your institution and in your field of study.

Send a letter of recommendation from your advisor (if you are a student) or
from a colleague (if you are a faculty member). This letter should include
the following information:

- Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, and department of the advisor
or colleague.

- How long and in what capacity the advisor or colleague has known you.

- Why the advisor or colleague thinks you should attend the MetaCenter
Computational Science Institute, commenting on your qualifications and the
degree to which attendance at the institute would promote your research
using supercomputers.

Workshop Schedule (preliminary)

WEEK 1 (August 9 - 13)

Introductory Topics

CM-5 (NCSA) or 
Paragon (SDSC)

Parallel Tools
Laboratory Session

Advanced Topics and Algorithms
Laboratory Session

Advanced Topics and Algorithms
Laboratory Session

WEEK 2 (August 16 - 20)

Scientific Visualization
Laboratory Session

MetaCenter* Parallel Architecture Overviews: CTC, NCSA, PSC, SDSC
Laboratory Session

Laboratory Session

Future Topics in Computational Science
Laboratory Session

Student Reports

*Cornell Theory Center, National Center for Supercomputing Applications,
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, San Diego Supercomputer Center

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