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During Summer 2010, MSI hosted two courses for grad students and postdocs in association with the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) of the Center for Computational Science (Miami, Florida). The VSCSE brings together faculty from throughout the country to create courses that focus on petascale computing and petascale-enabled science and engineering. MSI hosted Petascale Programming Environments and Tools (July 6-9, 2010) and Big Data for Science (July 26-30, 2010).
On July 1, Brian Ropers-Huilman, MSI Director of Systems Administration and Technical Operations, spoke to a group of seventh-grade students about MSI, high-performance computing, and programming for computers. The students are taking a class in Math and Programming as part of the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth's "Expand Your Mind" Program. Mr. Ropers-Huilman also took the class and their teacher on a tour of the MSI machine room to show them the supercomputers.
The University of Minnesota's latest solar car took second in the biennial American Solar Challenge race. This year's race went from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Chicago, Illinois on June 19-26, 2010. The vehicle, named Centaurus II, was designed and built by University of Minnesota students. Team members used MSI supercomputers for modeling airflow around the shell of the vehicle. An article about the Solar Vehicle Project's work appeared in the Summer 2009 Research Bulletin. More information about the 2010 race can be found on the College of Science and Engineering website.
On June 14th, a group of high school students began their week at Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science (ECEPS) summer sessions with an all-day session at the Supercomputing Institute. The seminar, Molecular Modeling with Super(duper)computers, allowed the students to explore some simple, but robust, models that let chemists make predictions about things like sweetness, drug activity, gas pressures, and fuel values, using the software available at MSI. They also found out how the computers themselves work and what makes them useful in a world that is increasingly relying on predictions to streamline research and design.
During the ECEPS program, the students participate in seminars and workshops led by College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology) engineers and scientists. These workshops can include participating in demonstrations, lectures, tours, and lab experiences that help make engineering, science, and mathematics be seen as viable careers to the high school students.
The summer ECEPS sessions are for high school students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades who are interested in engineering, physical science, or mathematics. Each session lasts one week. More information can be found here.
Dr. Nick Labello (MSI User Support) shows ECEPS participants visualizations on the Powerwall in the LMVL.
Professor Ilja Siepmann (Chemistry, MSI Fellow) explains software at the SDVL to two ECEPS participants.