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29 July 2013

ISTU student R. Kostromin studied characteristics of parallel computing at the International Summer Academy of the supercomputers

Education in the International Summer Academy of the supercomputers was held by a fourth-year student of Faculty of Cybernetics at ISTU, Roman Kostromin. He studied the intricacies of supercomputing technology and parallel computing at MSU named after M.V. Lomonosov from June 24 to July 6.

R. Kostromin said that during the first week of the Academy the participants of the project became the listeners of the lectures, provided by the leading Russian and foreign scientists and the largest IT-companies: a corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladimir Voevodin, director of the Institute of Numerical Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Evgeniy Tartyshnikov, Professor, Thomas Sterlin (USA), David Kirk (NVIDIA), Michael Kagan (Mellanox), Andrey Semin (Intel), etc. Their performances are mostly concerned actual problems of supercomputing technology and high-performance computing, as well as prospects for the development of supercomputer technology.

The second week was devoted to in-depth study of certain aspects: programming of graphics and multi-core processors, supercomputer modeling, work on FPGA-supercomputers, the application of package OpenFOAM, Accelrys Material Studio, FlowVision, etc. Students were distributed by academic groups (tracks) in accordance with their own interests. R. Kostromin chose a track called "Parallel programming MPI and OpenMP».

"Today technology MPI and OpenMP are the most common in parallel programming”, says R. Kostromin. “During training, we examined in detail the functionality of these technologies. Special attention was paid to the joint use of MPI and OpenMP in a hybrid model. "

R. Kostromin notices that he was mostly interested in practical works that were made on the supercomputer "Lomonosov": "This supercomputer was built for the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. It uses three types of computing nodes and processors with different architectures. "Lomonosov" is the first hybrid supercomputer of this magnitude not only in Russia, but also in Eastern Europe. I had the unique opportunity to work on this achievement of the technical progress. In addition, the educational program of the Academy included training sessions and workshops from companies Intel, Mellanox, NVIDIA, RogueWave, which were also very useful for my self-education and further scientific work ", said R. Kostromin.

In Irkutsk, ISTU student conducts research in cooperation with the Institute of Energy Systems named after L.A. Melent’ev, SB RAS. The area of scientific interest of R. Kostromin is high performance computing, which allows holding multi-threaded and resource-intensive calculations in real-time.

International Summer Academy of supercomputer is held by Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics at MSU, Russian Supercomputer Consortium, Research Computing Center of MSU. The main students of the Academy are the representatives of the leading Russian universities and scientific institutions of the Russian Academy of Science and Industry. Education is free, however, before being enrolled, applicants must go through a bidding process. According to the organizers, Summer Academy of Supercomputer is a unique opportunity to receive training in a wide range of specializations in the field of supercomputing and parallel computing technologies with the practice on supercomputers "Lomonosov", "Chebyshev», Blue Gene / P. The teaching staff of the Academy is presented by the leading Russian and foreign scientists, well-known experts in the field of high performance computing and supercomputing technologies. According to the organizing committee, the participants of the Summer Academy of supercomputers - 2013 were 113 people, representing 60 different organizations from 34 cities of Russia and CIS countries. At the end of the educational process, students who successfully passed the training, got the certificates.

Juliya Barakhtenko,
Photos: R. Kostromin