From several hundred applications, 30 graduate students and post docs from Europe, 30 from the United States, and 11 from Japan were invited to the one-week event at New York University in downtown Manhattan, New York City. Participants - more than 20 percent of them women - came from four continents - Asia, Europe, North America, Central and South America - and represented at least 27 nationalities.
The summer school was jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the European Union Seventh Framework Programme's Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), and Japan's RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS). Leading U.S., European and Japanese computational scientists and high-performance computing technologists offered instruction on a variety of topics, including:
In addition to promoting knowledge of high-performance computing and its applications, by bringing together participants and presenters from institutions representing 15 countries, the workshop also encourages international collaborations and friendships.
"Several students commented on the quality of the summer school and said this was the best such event they'd ever attended", stated Galen Arnold, a systems engineer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
This was the fourth in an ongoing series of international HPC summer schools. Planning has begun for the fifth summer school, to be held June 2014 in Europe.
"The Summer School completely fulfilled my expectations. The talks showed the importance of HPC methods in a data- and compute-driven world now and in the future and presented many diverse tasks, application fields and challenges with respect to computational sciences in general. I had exciting and inspiring discussions on my research - simulation techniques and application of HPC methods - with researches and colleagues from the same field, but also I had a great chance to get to know how the (simulation and HPC) methods I use are applied in other fields, too, which was fascinating and motivating. Moreover, the atmosphere among the presenters and participants was really great and I felt like being part of a big family with everyone interested in and caring about each other's challenges", stated Nicolai Schoch, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
"It was a terrific to be able to work with and learn from this next generation of computational (and data) scientists from across the globe. This generation is not hindered by boundaries between nations nor between scientific and computing disciplines", stated keynote speaker Ed Seidel, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia.
"The HPC summer school is an outstanding international learning environment, not only for the students, but with the high development pace in computing I have always been amazed how much new knowledge I pick up both from speakers and participating students. With RIKEN now having joined PRACE and XSEDE, the meeting has firmly established itself as the World Series of cross-disciplinary high performance computing talks, and it provides a unique opportunity for students to form their own international networks", stated Erik Lindahl, professor, Stockholm University, Sweden.
"I was so impressed with the excellent quality of students with various research backgrounds, and really enjoyed the mentoring sessions. Actually, I got some new ideas for my future work through interactions with them", stated Kengo Nakajima, professor, University of Tokyo, Japan.
"Occasions are rare when you can communicate what is happening at the frontier of your field to young researchers in a wide area of sciences, and from across the globe on top. The summer school provided a perfect set-up for this, and gave me an exceptional experience", stated Akira Ukawa, professor, University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Additional information about the event is available at https://www.xsede.org/web/summerschool13/