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Applications Due October 30
Oct. 8 -- The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Computer Society and SC Conference Series have announced the first year of the High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship Program. The deadline for fellowship applications is Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007.
The fellowship seeks to help address the important issue of training the next generation of HPC scientists and engineers. Over the past several years, multiple reports, including the High End Computing Revitalization Task Force's "Federal Plan for High-End Computing" and the National Research Council report "Getting Up to Speed: The Future of Supercomputing," have noted the need to have a highly trained cadre of HPC scientists and engineers.
The National Research Council 2005 study "Getting Up to Speed" specifically recommends, "While it is important to keep senior professionals in the field [of supercomputing], it is also important to continue to produce next-generation professionals. Funding models that encourage and support the education of the next generation, as well as those that provide the supercomputing infrastructure needed for their education, are necessary. It is also important that students preparing for a career in high-performance computing have confidence that attractive employment opportunities will continue to exist."
"The ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program is designed to directly address this recommendation by honoring exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the world with the focus areas of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis," wrote Bill Kramer, general manager of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Kramer served as general chair of the SC05 conference, which set record-breaking attendance and exhibition figures, generating extra funds to endow the fellowship. "The ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program also supports our longstanding commitment to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, members of under-represented groups and all who contribute to diversity."
As defined by the fellowship eligibility guidelines, HPC covers the areas of computational sciences, computational engineering, and computer science using the most powerful computers available at a given time.
Students must be nominated by a full-time faculty member at a Ph.D. granting institution. They must be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. program at an accredited college or university, and they should have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination. Fellowship recipients will be selected based on:
All applicants must meet minimum scholarship requirements at the institution where they are or will be registered.
The HPC Fellowship Award program will be led by a standing committee of Kramer, Charles Koelbel of Rice University and Scott Lathrop of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.
Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory