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Oakland Tech computing students visit to NERSC OSF

As part of the lab's new outreach initiative NERSC has started a partnership program with Oakland Technical High School's Computer Science and Technology Academy, a small academy within the larger Oakland Tech High School. On Thursday afternoon June 3rd, 12 students from Oakland Tech and their teacher Emmanuel Onyeador visited the NERSC Oakland Scientific Facility for an introduction to computational science, supercomputer architecture, and a tour of the NERSC machine room. Katie Antypas, a High Performance Computing consultant gave an overview of NERSC Center and an introduction to parallel programming explaining why science problems require such huge computers. Dave Paul, a systems engineer brought out computer nodes and parts from NERSC's older systems and demonstrated how the components have become both more dense and more power efficient as the technology has evolved over time. Each student was able to take home a piece of Seaborg, a Power3 system NERSC decommissioned a few years ago. Finally David Stewart, a network engineer, led the students on a dynamic tour of the machine room, showing not only the computational systems but lifting floor tiles to display the vast networking, cabling and piping infrastructure underneath the floor required to run a center like NERSC.

 

credit: Lawrence Berkeley Nat'l Lab - Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

 

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Taken on June 3, 2010