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Panel on Training and Developing HPC People HPC User Forum Dearborn MI April 13,

Panel on Training and Developing HPC People HPC User Forum Dearborn MI April 13, 2010 Paul Buerger Avetec/DICE program [email protected] org Jim Kasdorf Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center [email protected] edu

Panel Members Andy Jones, NAG Sharan Kalwani, KAUST Donna Klecka, CSC Paul Muzio, CUNY

Panel Members Andy Jones, NAG Sharan Kalwani, KAUST Donna Klecka, CSC Paul Muzio, CUNY John Picklo, Chrysler Irene Qualters, NSF

1. What particular skills are needed for HPC (e. g. , programming techniques, numerical

1. What particular skills are needed for HPC (e. g. , programming techniques, numerical techniques, familiarity with hardware such as memory hierarchies, domain-specific knowledge) and which of these skills are in short supply and/or most difficult to master?

2. Are academic programs (e. g. , computer science, domain-specific sciences) adequately preparing students

2. Are academic programs (e. g. , computer science, domain-specific sciences) adequately preparing students for HPC. What should they be doing differently? What about training/preparation outside academia?

3. How important are specific programming models (eg, MPI, PGAS, OOP) and specific languages

3. How important are specific programming models (eg, MPI, PGAS, OOP) and specific languages (eg, Fortran, C++, JAVA) for HPC?

4. Where does one learn how to write, debug, optimize, and document large codes

4. Where does one learn how to write, debug, optimize, and document large codes that are maintainable?

5. How do we deal with the need for life-long (or at least career-long)

5. How do we deal with the need for life-long (or at least career-long) learning?

6. Is social networking (Facebook, Linked. In, etc) useful for training recruiting, developing HPC

6. Is social networking (Facebook, Linked. In, etc) useful for training recruiting, developing HPC talent?

7. One often hears that such qualities as initiative, curiosity, tenacity, logical reasoning, communication/cooperation,

7. One often hears that such qualities as initiative, curiosity, tenacity, logical reasoning, communication/cooperation, etc. are highly desired by employers. Is there anything special here as relates to HPC?