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Supercomputing Education in Russia

  HPC Wire (04/04/12) Vladimir Voevodin

 Cultivating a national system for training highly skilled supercomputing professionals is the goal of Russia’s Supercomputing Education project, which has completed its second year, writes Moscow State University’s Vladimir Voevodin.  In its first year the project sought to develop and implement the fundamental elements of such a system in Russia’s top academic institutions, and 62 Russian universities and more than 600 people participated in the effort.  The foundation of the project’s success is the national System of Research and Education Centers for Supercomputing Technologies, whose primary goal is organizing the training and retraining of supercomputing professionals in academia, institutes, industry, and business.  Last year saw the initiation of large-scale training of entry-level specialists on supercomputing technologies, and the development of a knowledge base on parallel computing and supercomputing technologies was a key project component.  Some 37 courses covering the main chapters in the knowledge base were devised and disseminated among universities.  In progress is a broad program for developing and reviewing educational literature on supercomputing technologies, and retraining programs for professors and faculty were deployed in all Russian federal districts in 2011.

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