DescriptionThis is a first-time collaboration for the Purdue-IU Student Cluster Competition team; no team members have previously participated in the competition. IU has not competed in any major Student Cluster Competition in many years, Purdue last competed in a major Student Cluster Competition in 2019. All team members have some formal education in computational skill: basic programming through operating systems. However, their experiences are quite varied. There are first year students to final year students on the team, some students have robotics experience, others have strong interests in foreign languages and philosophy. In forming the Purdue-IU team, our philosophy was that we would leverage each others’ strengths to enable peer-mentoring and, thus, provide leadership opportunities for the students. The Purdue student members are all currently acting as student HPC systems administrators while the IU students are engaged with software and applications.

We believe that our team is interdisciplinary. The Purdue-IU team has a strong technology focus in terms of area of study but still captures a wide swath of interests. The “departments” or fields of study represented here are Computer and Information Technology, Data Science, Computer Science, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Intelligent Systems Engineering. In particular, we note that Intelligent Systems Engineering captures computing disciplines combined with “domain science” disciplines such as Cellular and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience/Neuroimaging, and Precision Manufacturing. Across the United States, it is becoming increasingly common for interdisciplinary programs of study to emerge which blur the lines between or blend what is considered computing and “domain science”.

The student team members have expressed interests in high performance computing because they view HPC skills as essential to their future careers or because they believe that HPC (systems administration, applications development, facilitation, etc.) is a viable career path. IU has not fielded a cluster competition team in 10+ years; Purdue, however, has fielded over 12 teams at SC, International SuperComputing (ISC), and Asia SuperComputing Cluster (ASC) Competition events. Those efforts have impacted the lives, educations, and careers of over 70 students directly. Purdue team alumni have gone into HPC related fields, hyperscale businesses, and pursued numerous advanced degrees. Additionally, there is excitement about being on a team with students from another university. Purdue and IU are the two premier public institutions in the State of Indiana. Traditionally, the two institutions have had rivalries in sports but both institutions serve the public good for the citizens of Indiana (and are welcoming of students from other states and nations).

The advising team is led by Erik Gough, Lead Computational Scientist in Purdue's Research Computing Department. Supporting Erik is a team of experienced HPC center staff and HPC faculty including: Elizabett A. Hillery (Director of High Performance Computing, Research Computing at Purdue), Dr. Winona Snapp-Childs (Chief Operating Officer for the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute), Robert Henschel
(Program Director of Research Computing Engagement at IU), Dr. Deepak Nadig (Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue) and Dr. Beth Plale (Professor of Computer Engineering at IU).
Event Type
Student Cluster Competition
TimeMonday, 14 November 20227pm - 9pm CST
LocationSCC Booth
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