3 Weeks Left to Apply for HPC Fellowship

New Orleans, LA, April 10, 2010 - The SC10 George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program is accepting applications until 1 May, 2010. The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Computer Society, and SC Conference series have established the High Performance Computing (HPC) PhD Fellowship Program to help address the important issue of training the next generation of HPC scientists and engineers. Every year, fellowship recipients will each receive a stipend of at least $5,000 (US) for one academic year, plus travel support to attend the SC conference.

Over the past several years, multiple reports, including the High End Computing Revitalization Task Force’s “Federal Plan for High-End Computing” and the National Research Council’s study, “Getting Up to Speed: The Future of Supercomputing,” have noted the need to have a highly trained cadre of HPC scientists and engineers.

The George Michael HPC Fellowship Program is designed to directly address this recommendation by honoring exceptional PhD students throughout the world with the focus areas of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. The HPC Fellowship Program also supports our longstanding commitment to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, members of underrepresented groups and all who contribute to diversity.

Some of the past areas of research that have generated fellowships in areas of hardware research, OS and middle ware software research, algorithmic research and research into science disciplines that exploit HPC resources. Some examples of past awards are:

• Performance Tools for HPC
• Topolog-aware task mapping
• Improving Data-Access Efficiency with A Hybrid Prefetching Architecture Computational Approaches to Electron Transport in Irregular Graphene Nanostructures
• Next Generation DNA sequencing (DNA SUDOKU)
• Scalable Fault Tolerance in HPC Environments
• Communication-Avoiding Linear Algebra
• Accelerating Development of FPGA Designs for Algorithms in Computational Biology

As defined by the fellowship eligibility guidelines, HPC covers the areas of computational sciences, computational engineering and computer science using the most powerful computers available at a given time. 

Applicants must be enrolled in full-time PhD programs at accredited colleges or universities, and they should have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral programs at the time of their nominations. Students must have letters of recommendation by a full-time faculty member at a PhD-granting institution. Fellowship recipients will be selected based on:
• Their overall potential for research excellence
• The degree to which their technical interests align with those of the HPC community
• Their academic progress to date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from
their faculty advisor and department head as well as a plan of study to enhance HPCrelated
• Demonstration of their anticipated use of HPC resources.

All applicants must meet minimum scholarship requirements at the institutions where they are or will be registered.

Submissions for the 2010 HPC Fellowship are now open at
https://submissions.supercomputing.org/. The deadline for submissions, including all supporting materials, is 1 May, 2010. Note that this is earlier than in the past.

Questions can be sent to hpc-fellowship-questions@info-supercomputing.org.
For more information, visit: http://sc10.supercomputing.org/?pg=GeorgeMichaelMemorial.html

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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