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