HPC Matters is a joint blog consisting of contributors from the Tabor Communications team on their observations and insights into HPC matters.
February 19, 2009
A long-standing concern in HPC is the graying of the industry. That is, new people are not coming in at the skilled positions as older ones retire. (In the sports world this is how championship teams become also-rans in the matter of a few years). Although this issue has been noted and discussed with growing alarm over the decade, few solutions have been proffered. In this regard, I have for the last six to eight months been conducting an informal, unscientific, on-again-off-again (wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimy) survey* of end users as to what can be done to help secure the future of HPC. Responses reveal a great deal of concern and real passion about the future of the field, and suggestions invariably center on moving HPC into the educational mainstream. These recommendations include:
Certainly most if not all of these ideas are being implemented at various levels across the world today, and there are people actively trying to advance them (for example, new directions in computational science education, the University of Canterbury, and the Ohio Supercomputing Center). However, it was clear from the concern and passion with which respondents presented their ideas that not enough is being done. Perhaps this is the time for the community to make a concerted effort to promote, support and accelerate comprehensive programs for bringing HPC into the mainstream of education.
*To participate in the poll, please either add a comment, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Respondents will receive my sincere thanks.
Posted by Chris Willard - February 19, 2009 @ 10:52 AM, Pacific Standard Time
Christopher Willard, PH.D. is Chief Research Officer for Intersect360 Research
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