Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering

Past Virtual School Events

Many-Core Processors
   Aug. 10-14, 2009

Scaling to Petascale
   Aug. 3-7, 2009

Accelerators for Science and Engineering Applications
   Aug. 18-22, 2008

The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) is a multi-state, multi-institutional organization that brings together faculty, administrators, staff and students at research universities and institutions in the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC). The goal is to prepare the current and next generation of scientists and engineers to use leading-edge computer systems. The initial focus is on graduate and postgraduate education.

Petascale computing is more complex than previous computing paradigms and requires new approaches. Preparation for petascale computing requires a solid grounding in computational science and engineering (CSE), especially high-performance computing (HPC) and HPC-related curricula, and the needed curricula are still evolving. No single institution has the expertise and experience needed to fully exploit this extraordinary capability, and enormous gaps exist between the curriculum available at typical top universities and the knowledge and skills needed to use petascale computers. The VSCSE will leverage expertise across the GLCPC and around the nation to fill that gap, establish a core HPC curriculum accessible via modern information technologies, and establish best practices for CSE and HPC curriculum across the member institutions.

Support for the Virtual School is provided by the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the University of Michigan with additional assistance provided by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

For more information, contact Virtual School Director Sharon Glotzer.