2011 CSCI graduate Patrick Doring was recently profiled as part of the yearlong "CCU Family" series, which recognizes outstanding students and alumni of CCU. Patrick now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he works as as a software engineer for Amazon.

You can read Patrick's feature by clicking on the link below.

CCU Family Presents Patrick Doring

INFSY student and CS department tutor Jasmine McCray was recently profiled as part of the yearlong "CCU Family" series, which recognizes outstanding students and alumni of CCU.

You can read Jasmine's feature by clicking on the link below.

CCU Family Presents Jasmine McCray

CCU Computer Science 2014 Graduate, Brian Atkinson, Receives Outstanding Student Award at the New Mexico Consortium / Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

January 26, 2015, Los Alamos, NM -- The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is proud to announce the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Brian Atkinson who worked at NMC's Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) in the summer of 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Nathan DeBardeleben (LANL, High Performance Computing and USRC lead) and Dr. Qiang Guan (NMC/LANL postdoc).

Atkinson collaborated with Dr. Robert Robey (LANL, Eulerian Codes) on studying the soft error vulnerability of the hydrodynamics code, CLAMR. CLAMR is a software program that solves the shallow water equations and utilizes an adaptive mesh. It is a complex program that utilizes CPUs, GPGPUs, and multiple compute nodes in parallel to run on a supercomputer. Soft errors are a problem as technology scales and supercomputers continue to grow even larger in size. Therefore, understanding how important codes are vulnerable to these effects is important to planning.

Atkinson evaluated the sensitivity of CLAMR using the software fault injector, F-SEFI, built at USRC over the past several years by Dr. Qiang Guan and Dr. Nathan DeBardeleben. He then developed resilience techniques and implemented them in CLAMR to allow the code to be tolerant to faults. Then, this new, improved software was once again evaluated to quantify its new resiliency. In this way, Atkinson was able to develop techniques and provide quantitative, empirical results on ways to improve the tolerance of CLAMR. Since then, these techniques have been influencing the design of other software packages as LANL prepares for the next decade of supercomputing and the need for more fault-tolerant algorithms. Brian’s work culminated in a poster presentation the 2014 Supercomputing Conference as well as the publication of a scholarly article at the 2014 IEEE ISSRE conference.

Previously, Atkinson graduated in May 2014 from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and minor concentration in applied mathematics. The year he graduated from Coastal, he was also the designated as the outstanding Computer Science graduate of the year. Currently, Atkinson is a graduate student at Clemson University in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Computer Engineering with Dr. Walter Ligon in the Parallel Architecture Laboratory. The NMC is proud to offer encouragement and support to an outstanding student such as Brian for his unique contributions, skills and initiative.

About the New Mexico Consortium
The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is an innovative effort to engage universities and industry in scientific research in the nation's interest and to increase the role of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in science, education and economic development. This non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities focuses on facilitating collaborations at the Laboratory interface.

The NMC leverages capabilities at LANL, universities and industry and provides agile and accountable operations to execute joint initiatives. The NMC develops and manages self-sustaining research facilities to support these joint initiatives. Through the NMC, the universities and LANL have developed more effective models to advance our nation''s interests and increase the impact of scientific research on the local and national economy.

The original NMC press release can be found here:

NMC/LANL Press Release

In September, the Department of Computer Science and Information System’s club, Numbers & Bytes, ventured to Charleston, South Carolina for the amazing opportunity of attending an entrepreneurship conference. “Startup Weekend” is a conference sponsored by Google that focuses on bringing passionate developers and entrepreneurs together to create projects in hopes of launching the next big million dollar idea. Eight lucky Coastal students from the technology focused organization Numbers & Bytes attended, including students from a wide range of majors: from Computer Science and Graphic Design all the way to Marine Science.

“The Charleston Startup Weekend was an educational, inspirational, and overall great experience full of opportunities,” says Mary Best, a Senior Graphic Design major.

At the beginning of the weekend, Developers and Programmers lined up to pitch their ideas for mobile and web-based applications to the crowd, in hopes that other like-minded people would help them in the creation of that idea. Even a few Coastal students took the opportunity to pitch their own ideas. Kyle Anderson, a student majoring in Business, pitched his idea for a mobile app. “Check Please,” says Anderson, “would let a user order food from a restaurant using their phone, then pay from their phone, and be able to have their table and meal ready when they get to the restaurant.”

Another application was pitched by Information Systems major Hali Gallagher. “Even though I only made it through the first round of voting, I am still glad I pitched my idea. I knew it probably wouldn’t make it to the finals since it would require individuals skilled in hardware, but I went up there anyway because I saw it as an opportunity for networking and feedback on my idea,” explains Gallagher. “During voting, a programmer approached me about my idea saying that he liked it and continued telling me about a similar idea that had been done in cities with bike rentals. Slide your debit card and the bike rack would unlock giving you access to the bike, then your card would be charged until the return of the bike. It’s kind of similar to the way Redbox movie rentals work.”

After idea pitching ended, the voting phase began. Each idea pitcher was instructed to write their idea and what they needed to make that idea happen on a giant sheet of paper, and hang it on the wall for others to vote on. Everyone was given three sticky notes and instructed to place them on the idea they believed to be best. Anderson’s app idea of Check Please made it through three rounds of voting.

After voting, teams were formed. Unfortunately, the students found that the ideas that were voted to the finals required skills that they did not yet have. Bille Le, another Computer Science major, noted that, “Maybe after the Software Development course we would be more prepared to attend such an event.” The students still found Startup Weekend to be a useful and educational experience despite this setback. Christopher Williford, a Computer Science major, stated, “Going on this trip, I got to see firsthand how big app development was.”

Startup Weekend helped students see firsthand which skills would be extremely marketable in their future careers. “I always encourage members of Numbers & Bytes to network, as it is a vital skill to have in the real world, says Ebon Moore, a Computer Science Major and Numbers & Bytes club officer. “However, I was surprised when I found club members in deep conversation and networking on their own without any push from me. I’m glad our members were able to network with people within their field of study. It just shows how self-driven and motivated Coastal students are.” The students from Numbers & Bytes are grateful to have had the opportunity to attend Startup Weekend and hope to continue having the support to pursue more such opportunities in the future.

Acknowledgements: The Numbers & Bytes club would like to thank the Dean of the College of Science, Dr. Mike Roberts, as well as the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems for sponsoring this trip.

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