High Performance Computing Summer Institute

The Alliances for Minority Participation Program of Morgan State University provides education and hands-on experience in high performance computing technologies and applications. Since 1994, the program has been held during an eight week period for minority undergraduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Students are selected from applicatons received throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virgina as well as students from HBCUs in other areas of the country.

Goals of the Program
The purpose of this program is to introduce minority undergraduate students to state-of-the art hardware and software in high performance computing. The objective is to provide for minority participation in high peformance computing and its associated technologies. Furthermore, students are encouraged to seek advance degrees in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Other goals are to advance the development and application of high performance computing technology in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics by minority students. Participants in the program have included majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering (civil, electrical, industrial), mathematics, and physics.

Program Description
The program consist of an eight week education and training program held each summer for undergraduate minorities. An intensive 3-week training course in high performance computing and team research projects are the main focus of the program. The training course includes lectures on parallel computer architectures, languages and programming techniques, algorithms, networking technologies, and applications. The students have hands-on experience with high performance computers (Cray J90, Cray C90, and workstations).

Students are matched to mentors and research projects based on their majorss. They give oral presentations, write technical papers, and give a final oral presentation at a symposium at the end of the program. Research topics for this year included: Modeling and Computer Simulation of Gas and Particle Flows in the Freeboard of Advanced Fluidized Bed Combustor (FBC) under Swirling Flow Conditions, Field Behavior of Electromagnetic Engery: An Analysis of Energy Reflection and Transmission at an Interface, Three-Dimensional Semiconductor Simulations, Analysizing Nuclear Gamma Resonance Spectroscopy Data, and the Internet and Its Use in Education.

Funding for this program has been provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under an Alliances for Minority Participation Award with additional funding from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

Contact Information:
Eugene M. DeLoatch, Dean
School of Engineering, Principal Investigator

Dorothy Funches Russell, HPCSI Director