Approaching Exascale: Best Practices for Training a Diverse Workforce Using Hackathons
DescriptionGiven the anticipated growth of the high-performance computing market, HPC is challenged with expanding the size, diversity, and skill of its workforce while also addressing post-pandemic distributed workforce protocols and an ever-expanding ecosystem of architectures, accelerators and software stacks.

As we move toward exascale computing, training approaches need to address how best to prepare future computational scientists and enable established domain researchers to stay current and master tools needed for exascale architectures.

This paper explores adding in-person and virtual hackathons to the training mix to bridge traditional programming curricula and hands-on skills needed among the diverse communities. We outline current learning and development programs available; explain benefits and challenges in implementing hackathons for training; share specific use cases, including training “readiness,” outcomes and sustaining progress; discuss how to engage diverse communities—from early career researchers to veteran scientists; and recommend best practices for implementing these events into their training mix.
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TimeMonday, 14 November 202211am - 11:15am CST
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HPC Training and Education
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