SIParCS interns visit the NWSC

By Richard Loft
07/12/2015 - 12:00am

On 17 June 2015, interns from CISL’s Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) program got a behind-the-scenes tour of the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center. An annual program activity, the visit enables students to see and interact with the computers that many of them have been working with remotely as part of their research projects.

SIParCS interns at NWSC
SIParCS students explored the NWSC as part of an annual program activity to introduce them to the hardware reality behind the computer screen. Photo by David Wright, CISL

Beyond the Yellowstone supercomputer, the facility tour enables students to learn about the vast array of electrical and mechanical equipment required to support a petaflops supercomputer. Afterward, lunch was provided and the students explored the NWSC Visitor Center before they returned to Boulder and resumed their research projects.

David Wright speaking
David Wright, CISL’s new docent at the NWSC, gave the behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and the computing systems. David, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and has piloted the single-seat ER-2 – a civilian version of the U-2 aircraft – to collect scientific data for NASA-sponsored scientists. He currently teaches at CollegeAmerica in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His educational background includes teaching math and working with at-risk youth. Photo by Rich Loft, CISL