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U Virginia To Host Supercomputing 'Bootcamp' for Faculty

The University of Virginia is doing its part to get the word out that computational science--the use of  massive parallel processors and supercomputers to explore nature's knottiest complexities--is the key to economic competitiveness for the United States.

The university will host a "High-Performance Computing Boot Camp" this month to introduce its faculty, graduate students, and researchers to the basics of high-performance parallel computing and the national cyber-infrastructure.

The training camp will include discussions on moving from sequential to parallel computing systems, the inner workings of supercomputers, how to optimize sequential applications, and the locations of high-performance computing resources nationwide.

The camp is one of the steps UVa is taking to respond to a call by the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee to educate non-technical faculty on the importance of high-performance computing to the nation's economic competitiveness and national security.

"The landscape of scholarly research is evolving," said James Aylor, dean of UVa's engineering school. "Computational science is one of the most important technical fields of the 21st century because it provides a unique window through which researchers can investigate problems that are otherwise impossible to address--problems ranging from biochemical processes to weather patterns."

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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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