Feeds

Supercomputer maker Cray: Jobs for HPC kids? There might be some going

Cluster veep John Lee on SCC

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

HPC blog There are some teens and kids in their twenties who skip out on university courses for a trip abroad with their friends, where they spend days and nights chugging down (caffeine) brew, losing sleep and wrestling with, er, clusters. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing...

In fact, it could mean that they'll one day work at Cray.

While everyone knows the firm as one of the largest supercomputing vendors in the industry, they might not know that the firm gets quite involved in the student competitions at HPC conferences, supplying kit and expertise to youngsters in the hopes that more bright people will get into the HPC game.

Cray has been a long-time supporter of the Student Cluster Competition, but its participation reached unprecedented levels at SC13.

It sponsored two of the "Big Iron" teams (University of Tennessee and the University of the Pacific) plus provided the hardware used in the first Celebrity Pro-Am Cluster Challenge.

Altogether, Cray provided three clusters, plus work on configurations, installations, and solving the myriad of other technical and logistical problems that inevitably arise.

Just before the SC13 supercomputing conference, I managed to get some time with John Lee, Cray’s VP of cluster solutions.

In this webcast, John and I talk about Cray’s long-term commitment to supporting the students in these competitions. We discuss how this benefits both the industry as a whole and Cray as a player in the business.

We also discuss something I haven’t talked about before with anyone else – how students can best take advantage of their experience after their cluster competition careers end. What doors does participating in the competition open for them? How they should best pursue positions in business, research, academia, or even with HPC vendors.

John talks about how Cray is looking for in new hires, and how experience in the Student Cluster Competitions pays off for prospective job candidates in a wide variety of fields.

Youtube Video

It’s an interesting and fun conversation and worth a look, whether you’re a cluster competitor or a potential employer looking for highly qualified and motivated technical personnel. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?