News & Events
FEATURE STORY: CCU student invited to EPSCoR program at Clemson
(Posted February 6, 2011)
Brian Atkinson, a junior computer science major at Coastal Carolina University, has been selected as one of approximately 90 students nationwide to participate in the 2011-2012 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Cyberinfrastructure Student Engagement Program.
Atkinson, a Myrtle Beach native, and other selected candidates will attend an orientation at Clemson University from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, and will participate in bi-monthly webinars throughout the entire year. Students who successfully complete the program will be qualified to attend SC12, a supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and act as "Technical Student Volunteers," providing aid for booths on the exhibit floor as well as completing other technical tasks as necessary. Atkinson will be learning about cyberinfrastructure (CI)-the technical components used for researching and storing electronic data-and, after completion of the program, will be CCU's CI student champion/mentor.EPSCoR, according to its mission statement, was established to support the National Science Foundation's goal "to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States." For more information about EPSCoR, visit http://www.nsf.gov/ehr/epscor.
FEATURE STORY: Computer Science Professor Receives Equipment and Travel Grant
(Posted July 7, 2011)
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.” 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.
Computer Science sophomore, Brian Atkinson, has received a research internship in high-performance computing as part of a collaboration between Coastal Carolina and Clemson University. This paid internship will focus on assisting in the design and implementation of new features for a parallel file system that is currently in use at supercomputing facilities around the world; an effort that will draw heavily on his C programming experience from CSCI 140 and 150. Over the next 15 months, Mr. Atkinson will be spending his summers at a Clemson University computer research facility and his Fall and Spring semesters working at Coastal Carolina while being a full-time student. “I'm pretty stoked about having the opportunity to learn about parallel and distributed computing. This experience will help me focus my interests about what I would like to work on in graduate school.”, said Mr. Atkinson during his first week on the job. He will be working closely with Dr. William Jones, a computer science professor at Coastal Carolina as well as Dr. Walt Ligon, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Clemson University. This position is funded by a subcontract Dr. Jones received from the Clemson University Cyberinstitute under a grant from the Department of Energy.
FEATURE STORY: Computer Science Professor Receives Research Grant
(Posted June 1, 2011)
Computer science professor Dr. William Jones was awarded a subcontract from Clemson University's Cyberinstitute under a grant from the Department of Energy to work on integrating redundancy features into OrangeFS, a production-quality parallel file system developed by Clemson University and Omnibond. “As the size of supercomputing clusters continues to grow to include 100's of thousands of processor cores and millions of individual components, failures within the system become increasingly the norm rather than the exception. As a result, ensuring continued service in the presence of such numerous faults will be an absolute requirement for future supercomputers.”, says Dr. Jones. “I'm very excited about involving CCU students in this research, and to bring what we learn in the process back to the students in our department.”
Dr. Jones has been invited to give a talk at this year's Supercomputing Conference (http://sc10.supercomputing.org/) regarding the department's experience teaching the Spring 2010 Introduction to Parallel Programming course (CSCI 473) with Clemson University. The talk will focus on the performance of the prototype grid-classroom environment as well as the lessons learned from team-teaching the course with Clemson. This work will be presented as part of the South Carolina Computing Consortium Booth (http://www.sccomputing.org).
N&B Graduate School Discussion Panel
Prof. Casselman, Dr. Edge, Dr. Jones, Dr. Larkins, Dr. Murphy, and Dr. Rickard gave a panel discussion about attending graduate school on October 7, 2010. Issues such as fellowships, assistantships, and grad student life were discussed. The department's Numbers & Bytes Club sponsored the event and provided refreshments for its attendees as well.
Numbers & Bytes Club Launches for Fall 2010
(Posted October 4, 2010)
The CS Numbers & Bytes Club hosted its first official meeting for the Fall 2010 semester on September 30, 2010. Planned activities were discussed, and participants also put together a list of potential ideas regarding future directions and interests for the club. Students interested in becoming active can find out more at http://ww2.coastal.edu/numbytes/index.html.
Dr. Jones presented at ACM HPDC 2010 Conference
(Posted August 1, 2010)
Dr. Jones presented a short poster-paper at the 19th ACM High Performance Distributed Computing Conference (HPDC 2010) ( http://hpdc2010.eecs.northwestern.edu/) on June 23, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The paper dealt with some preliminary results of work done regarding application checkpointing and resilience in HPC systems. The work was done in conjunction with colleagues from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Center for Exceptional Computing/DoD.