The Cooperative Computing Lab
2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Instructions
Welcome to Notre Dame for the summer!
I hope you have a productive and enjoyable summer doing a research project with my group.
Your summer salary has been funded by the National Science Foundation under grant NSF-CNS-0643229.
Before You Arrive
For any questions or concerns, contact BOTH Prof. Thain (email@example.com) AND Dian Wordinger (Dian.Wordinger.firstname.lastname@example.org), our secretary who will keep track of all your paperwork and other necessary items. Note that Prof. Thain will be out of the office for part of May, so be sure to mail both of us.
Housing: Look over the housing and rates, decide whether you want single or double, A/C or not, and let us know ASAP what you prefer by email. But, don't apply for housing, we will do that for you.
Employment: Fill out the following three documents (DD, W-4, I-9) and bring them with you to Notre Dame. Also bring the necessary documents (driver's license, etc) listed on page 5 of the I-9 form.
Registration: Register online for the summer session using these instructions.
When You Arrive
Plan to check into your dorm in the afternoon on Monday, May 31st and then begin work on Tuesday, June 1st.
Here is a Campus Map and driving directions.
Women will be in Pasquerilla Hall and men in Knott Hall.
Obtain an ID card and sign up for a meal plan at the Card Services Office.
Here are Places to Eat when you first arrive.
The REU program will begin on Tuesday, June 1st at 9AM in 382 Fitzpatrick Hall. There will be a group orientation and some additional paperwork before we get down to work.
Over the Summer
This summer project has two goals. First, you will participate in the construction and improvement of systems for research in bioinformatics and biometrics, which will play an important role in our ongoing research project. Second, you will
gain some experience in doing research, which involves programming, making measurements, presenting results,
and understanding other research projects in the field. By the end of the summer, you should have a good
understanding of what it means to do research, and (we hope) you will consider that career path.
Plan to work 9AM-5PM Monday through Friday for ten weeks. You will be paid biweekly. You will be billed directly for housing, which you should pay using your stipend. Due to the short session, there are no vacation days. If you are sick, please contact Prof Thain (email@example.com / 631-6845) in the morning. Full or partial days not worked will be unpaid.
You will be assigned a desk, computer, and laptop in Cushing 222 on which to perform your work. You will be given remote access to other machines and equipment as your project requires. These machines are to be used for research purposes only, and should not be used for personal matters, especially not transferring, sharing, or storing copyrighted media. Notre Dame has a site license for Windows and Office software, these are to be used only on ND owned machines.
Research is a collaborative activity. You will be working with other
students on a daily basis, and should be talking to each other regularly to identify problems and solutions.
We will meet weekly as a group on Wednesdays at 10AM in the CSE conference room to review progress.
Everyone is expected to show a few slides and explain what they learned or accomplished in the last week. (Use your laptop and PowerPoint.)
Don't get stuck on a technical problem! Ask others for advice, get a book from the library, search for
help on the web, but don't just spin your wheels. It's perfectly ok for you to come knock on my office
and get help several times a day until you work through a problem.
There will be a number of social activities in conjunction with the
ErWin REU Program.
You will also be housed in the same dormitory with other students from around the country.
Take the opportunity to make friends and relax in the evenings and weekends.
The First Week
Tuesday, June 1st we will have an initial meeting to talk about expectations for the summer. You will get settled in your offices, meet everyone, and finish any remaining employment paperwork. Once that is done, your job will be to learn how to use the building blocks of our research tools: Condor, Makeflow, Work Queue
Condor - (http://condor.cse.nd.edu) Use the Condor software out of AFS. Learn how to explore the pool. Read the "Slides and Tutorial" link to learn about Condor, and submit some sample jobs. Do the "In Class Assignment" on the last slide as a homework problem.
Makeflow - (http://www.cse.nd.edu/~ccl/software/makeflow) Read the manual, and try out some simple examples your self. Learn how to run jobs locally, on the Cnodor pool, and using the Work Queue. Try to do something really ocmplicated running on hundreds of cores.
Work Queue - (http://www.cse.nd.edu/~ccl/software/workqueue) Read the manual, and download the sample work queue Application. Try running with workers submitted to the Condor pool. Modify the work queue program to do something more complex.
Wednesday, June 2nd we will have a CCL group meeting at 10AM, where all of the students will give a short update on their work. You will also have another weekly meeting (time TBA) with our "customers" that will be using your software.
Thursday and Friday you will work on a "getting started" project decided on Wednesday. This will be a short task to help you get up to speed with our systems and software, and to get you in the right frame of mind for delivering high quality software for our customers. (Even simple things can be hard when they have to be done perfectly!) Once you have completed the starter project, then we will pick out something larger for the rest of the summer.
At Summer's End
You will make two final reports on your summer work. You will develop a detailed
technical poster, which will be presented at the REU symposium on Friday, August 6th.
The final activity for the summer will be a lunch and closing ceremony on Friday, August 6th.
You may check out of your dormitory and depart that afternoon, or on the following day.
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