5 May

THERE WILL BE TWO SESSIONS HELD IN JUNE 2014 @ WVU (June 16-20 and June 30-July 2)


We aim to provide valuable knowledge of high-performance-computing (HPC) techniques to primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) located throughout West Virginia in order to further the scientific capability of the state as a whole. We hope to accomplish this by providing access to computing resources and expertise to jump-start research efforts throughout the state.


All faculty and associated student and research staff located in West Virginia that are interested in furthering their knowledge of computational research are welcome to attend. WVU faculty and students are welcome to attend and participate as well.

Travel/lodging funds may be available for faculty/students affiliated with WV colleges and universities.


What is high-performance computing?
Why should I be interested in HPC methods?
Cluster computing pros and cons
Adapting existing code to HPC applications
Problems most suited for HPC techniques
Using Linux in a scientific environment
Basic introductions to programs such as FIREBALL, Galaxy, Fluent, and molecular dynamics
How can computing enhance experimental results?
All events will take place on the Downtown campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV in June 2014

9:00 am- 10:30 am Research talks
11:00 am -5:00 pm: Computing modules, hands-on assignments through the Virtual School of Computation, Science and Engineering **You will need an XSEDE account to register for this part of the institute. Both weeks are already open on the XSEDE website.

Additional opportunity for Research Collaborations:

In effort to facilitate the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) throughout West Virginia, West Virginia University Shared Research Facilities (WVU-SRF) is in the process of developing a pilot program. One area we are specifically developing is increasing collaborations with faculty from WV primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI). We are looking for faculty members at PUIs willing to work with WVU Researchers on small computational research projects that the PUI Faculty member can take back to their home institution and further develop. The PUI Faculty member does not need to have prior experience in computing to take part in this program. Areas of focus could include research projects in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, and biomedical sciences with the project specifically created to increase awareness high performance computing capabilities in diverse areas of applied research. The program will run for approximately eight weeks during the 2014 summer. The program kicks off with the five day summer workshops on HPC. After receiving the initial training, the PUI faculty member will begin working with a WVU Faculty member to establish a research project. Afterwards, the PUI Faculty member will return to their home institution to complete the experience.


If you are interested in participating in the HPC Workshops and/or the Summer Research Collaboration, please complete the online application survey:


Dr. Kimberly Quedado
NanoSAFE Education and Outreach Coordinator
Department of Physics, West Virginia University
PO Box 6315
Morgantown, WV 26506-6315
Phone: 304.293.7382

Dr. Aldo Romero is the Faculty Outreach Liaison for HPC. He may also be contacted with questions at

Funding is provided by National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement 1003907.

Additional training opportunities exist through XSEDE and the National Computational Science Institute, please contact Don McLaughlin ( or 304-293-0388), WVU XSEDE Campus Champion for additional information.