Three SC13 Workshops Aimed at Enhancing HPC Education and Outreach

DENVER, Colo.—Registration is now open for SC13, the premier international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. In addition to registering for the SC13 Technical Program, conference attendees can also choose from more than 25 workshops organized in conjunction with the conference. 

Three of the workshops are affiliated with the SC13 High Performance Computing Interconnections program (HPCI), which provides a welcoming entry to SC13 for attendees who may be new to the community or the conference. Two of the workshops are designed for educators interested in integrating HPC into undergraduate programs, and the third Broader Engagement workshop seeks to increase the participation of individuals who have been traditionally under-represented in HPC. 

As part of the SC13 HPC Educators Program, the HPC Educators Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 17, offers sessions on what to teach and how to teach HPC-related concepts to undergraduate students and early-career graduate students. The Sunday morning session will be “Supercomputing in Plain English,” providing a broad overview of HPC. The Sunday afternoon session will concern the mapping of CS2013 and NSF/TCPP parallel and distributed computing (PDC) recommendations and resources to core computer science courses. There will also be time for participants to brainstorm, discuss and plan how they can incorporate these PDC topics into the core CS curriculum at their home institutions. This workshop is organized by Henry Neeman, University of Oklahoma; Joel C. Adams, Calvin College; Richard A. Brown, St. Olaf College; and Elizabeth Shoop, Macalester College. 


The HPC Educators’ Workshop on Parallel, Distributed and High-Performance Computing in Undergraduate Curricula will be held on Monday, Nov. 18. This workshop on the state-of-the-art in parallel, distributed and high performance computing education will include contributed and invited papers from academia, industry and other educational and research institutions on topics pertaining to the teaching of PDC and HPC topics in computer science, computer engineering, computational science, and domain science and engineering curricula. The emphasis will be on undergraduate education and the effort is in coordination with the NSF/TCPP curriculum initiative for CS/CE undergraduates. This workshop is organized by Almadena Chtchelkanova, National Science Foundation; Anshul Gupta, IBM TJ Watson Research Center; Sushil Prasad , Georgia State University; Arnold Rosenberg, Northeastern University; Alan Sussman, University of Maryland; and Charles Weems, University of Massachusetts. 


The Broader Engagement Workshop on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17-18 is part of the Broader Engagement (BE) Program which strives to increase the participation of individuals who have been traditionally under-represented in HPC. The program offers special activities to introduce, engage and support a diverse community at the conference and in HPC. There will be several technical sessions covering topics ranging from domain-specific languages and parallelism to performance tools, visualization techniques and HPC applications. Hands-on exercises will be included. Other workshop features include a Mentor-Protégé session, a Scavenger Hunt and an interactive session focused on improving your ability to collaborate, communicate and work with each other to fully take advantage of the conference and each other’s expertise. This workshop is organized by Damian Rouson, Sourcery, Inc.; and Mary Ann Leung. 


Make a Contribution, Make a Difference 

To help make the SC13 programs available to more students, HPC Interconnections is asking SC13 attendees and exhibitors for tax-deductible donations. These donations will help support student attendees in Broader Engagement, Mentors & Protégés, a program for international attendees, and student programs, including Student Volunteers, the Doctoral Showcase, the Student Job Fair, Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates, and the Student Cluster Competition. Donations are tax deductible and non-refundable. To participate, simply choose the donate option when you register for the SC13 Conference and list the amount that you would like to contribute. 

About SC13 SC13, sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world-class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. For more information on SC13, please visit: