SIParCS Interns Wrap up a Successful Summer

By Staff
08/02/2011 - 12:00am
Mohammad AboualiMohammad Abouali (photo by Brian Bevirt)

The 2011 Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science concluded with a series of final presentations during the last week of July, as students wrapped up their projects. This year, which marked the program's fifth year, SIParCS saw a record number of applicants and welcomed 17 interns to work with mentors at NCAR and NOAA. New additions to the 2011 lineup included two engineering internships dedicated to the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) project.

Other SIParCS project areas included optimization of systems and computing languages, debugging parallel codes, algorithm development for improving models, implementing standards for climate simulation input parameters, and analysis of security challenges. In interviews, students rated their experience as overwhelmingly positive, recommending the program highly to potential future applicants. The 2011 interns' presentation abstracts can be accessed from http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/siparcs/presentations.

The summer internships are 10 weeks in duration. Program requirements, beyond working on the projects, include keeping a research journal, attending appropriate technical seminars, attending skills-enhancing workshops, and giving an oral presentation of results at the end of the summer.