Computer science professor Dr. Brian Larkins was awarded an equipment and travel grant from the LittleFE initiative funded by the Shodor Education Foundation. The award includes an Intel and Nvidia-based portable cluster computer along with travel expenses to the 2011 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis; the world's premier conference in supercomputing. Dr. Larkins, along with Dr. William Jones
, will be traveling to this year's conference to assemble the cluster computer and to participate in the associated parallel and distributed educational program. “This cluster computer will provide our students a local computing platform to develop, test, and evaluate the performance of many different classes of parallel programs; something that is simply not possible using traditional laptop or desktop computers.”, says Dr. Larkins. “As CPU manufacturers continue to move from multi-core to many-core processors including dozens if not hundreds of cores, the types of skills our students can learn from using this new hardware platform will provide them a definitive edge as programmers on the types of systems that will become widely available over the next decade.” CCU students, Brian W. Atkinson
, also attended the conference. More information about the new cluster computer and the 2011 Supercomputing conference can be found at http://littlefe.net and http://sc11.supercomputing.org, respectively.