Learning and Teaching Supercomputing Techniques

meeting of Pseudo-Sudo group

A student group dedicated to co-teaching each other software and techniques for using supercomputing has kicked off the academic year. Their first meeting was held on October 2 at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI).

This group, called Pseudo-Sudo, self-organized in the Spring 2019. At meetings four times a week, they co-taught each other Python, R, C++, and algorithms for research, along with other tools such as Bash, Linux, Git, and Vim. Fifty-two people, mostly graduate students, have expressed interest in participating this semester. Their plan for this semester is to focus on Python, R, machine learning, and algorithms. For the initial meeting, 23 students attended to organize the semester-long sessions.

The group plans to find forums with which to test their skills, such as MinneMUDAC. The MinneMUDAC event, in its fourth year, is a challenge for student teams to analyze real-world data while enhancing and showcasing their skills.

Pseudo-Sudo grew out of the University of Minnesota’s chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). It was co-founded by Yectli Huerta, a high-performance computing administrator in MSI’s Advanced Systems Operations group. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in participating in Pseudo-Sudo activities can contact Yectli directly at yhuerta@umn.edu. The SACNAS group can be contacted directly at sacnas@umn.edu.

Image description: First meeting of the 2019-2020 school year of the Pseudo-Sudo group.