Free course in supercomputing at Charles Sturt

csu524 free course in supercomputing at charles sturt
IT Masters at Charles Sturt University in conjunction with Cloudcroft Supercomputers and supercomputer manufacturer SGI is offering a free online course on the programming and maintenance parallel systems that will give students real time access to one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

Students will get to run simulations, develop statistical learning systems and will be trained in machine learning and to code simple bots.

The course is aimed at experienced C programmers who are interested in learning how to program and maintain supercomputers. Students will be expected to have a good knowledge of C and Linux and to have a basic knowledge of statistical and machine learning.

Lectures will be presented by Dr Craig Wright, founder and CEO of Cloudcroft's parent company, the De Morgan Group - a technology firm that leverages supercomputers and automated systems to change the world. Cloudcroft is De Morgan's supercomputing arm and has two supercomputers that are currently rated in the world’s top 500 supercomputers. Dr Wright has a long-term relationship with Charles Sturt University as a lecturer, researcher and student. He has authored over 100 research publications and is involved with the University on a number of levels.

The course will run over five weeks with live, interactive lectures delivered weekly via after hours webinars.

Recordings of the webinars will be available for those unable to attend the live events. In between the webinars, students will be asked to complete extra study and reading. A lab will allow students to test the use of a Xeon Phi and CUDA-based system on one of Cloudcroft's supercomputers.

Topics covered will include:

  1. Porting code to the Xeon Phi
  2. Coding linear methods for regression
  3. Model assessment and selection
  4. Additive models, trees and related methods
  5. Support vector machines and flexible discriminants
  6. Neural networks
  7. Development using prototype methods and nearest neighbours

There will be an optional, practical exam at the end of the course where students will be given access to Cloudcroft's Tulip Trading, SGI supercomputer. The 10 students who achieve the highest grade in the exam and have contributed on the student discussion forum will receive a prize of a Xeon Phi co-processor card. This will enable them to create and maintain their own small-scale simulations. The Xeon Phi MIC card is an excellent choice for computer-bound workloads, such as Monte Carlo, Black-Scholes, HPL, LifeSc, and many others that students may wish to run.

Webinars will be held over four Wednesdays from 1.00pm - 2.00pm AEST starting 17 June. The practical exam on the supercomputer will be held in week five, from Monday 13 July.

Full details and enrolment can be found here.


About IT Masters and Charles Sturt University 
IT Masters and Charles Sturt University are proud to offer a unique series of Online Masters Degree qualifications that are:

Relevant: Preparation for the world’s premium IT industry certifications from Cisco, ITIL, Microsoft, the Project Management Institute and Oracle are included as an integral part of the Masters.
Accessible: Study for your Masters Degree in your own home. With over 32,000 students studying globally, Charles Sturt University is Australia’s (and one of the world’s) largest suppliers of distance education.
Accredited: All of our Online Master Degrees are fully accredited under the Australian Government Qualifications Framework.
Affordable: Australian Citizens can use Australian government FEE-HELP study loans facility to pay tuition fees.

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