At the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), 10-12 January 2013, PRACE with a stand managed by the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) showcased what supercomputers are used for to primary and secondary level students in Dublin, Ireland. At the ICHEC stand in the World of Science & Technology Hall a fully configured live mini “supercomputer” built from Raspberry Pi boards was on display. In addition, HPC introductory sessions and 3D visualisations of climate and weather data were presented while interactive demonstrations were used to showcase the latest in accelerators/coprocessors technology.
- Three students from St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland investigating the Raspberry Pi Cluster
Within the third implementation phase project of PRACE (PRACE-3IP) outreach activities are focused on high school and university students. The latter are targeted in the PRACE Summer of HPC programme (http:/
Over 45,000 students attended the exhibition with over 200 schools visiting the ICHEC stand to understand the utility of supercomputing. The first zone of the stand displayed an eight-way Raspberry Pi cluster built especially for the event where the inner workings of a parallel machine were visible to the attendees. A parallel version of Conway’s Game of Life was run across the machine to describe the software layer and the performance gains. More details of the cluster can be found here: http:/
Students attended presentations in the second zone where the need for supercomputing and the resources that Europe has to offer in terms of hardware were described. In addition, ICHEC staff presented weather models over Ireland and the UK in 3D as ICHEC runs the national weather forecast for Met Éireann (Irish Meteorological Service).
Within the third zone of the stand live Molecular Dynamics simulations and other interactive demos provided by NVIDIA were run on a NVIDIA K20. While a Sudoku demo, one that searched for 17 clue grids, allowed the direct comparison of the new Intel Xeon Phi and the Intel Sandy Bridge. The demo was first described by ICHEC at the ISC12 event http:/
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- ICHEC staff that attended the stand at the BTYSTE