Scalable Scientific Computing
The Cooperative Computing Lab
invites outstanding undergraduates to apply for summer research positions
in scalable scientific computing at the University of Notre Dame.
Our research group computer systems that allow many people to
cooperate in the solution of problems that are too large for any
single machine or person to attack.
Students in this REU program will develop software and new
techniques for managing computations that harness hundreds
to thousands of machines at once. Students will have access to
a 180TB Hadoop cluster, a 1200 core Condor pool, a 4000 core
high performance computing cluster, and cloud resources via
Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure.
These tools will be used to attack problems in disciplines such
as high energy physics, organic chemistry, biometrics, and bioinformatics.
We strongly encourage applications from
women and minorities that are not well represented in computer science.
We also encourage applications from students at
regional colleges and universities. A summer research position
is a great way to develop your skills and prepare for graduate school.
This program will accept two to four applicants that will live and work along
side about twenty other REU students working on different research programs
in our department.
Applicants must be enrolled in a computer science degree program
or a closely related field. Some skill in one of the existing areas
below is helpful, but not required.
Summer 2012 Focus Areas
Scalable Programming Models
You know how to write a program that runs on one computer,
but how do you write a program that harnesses thousands?
Using conventional languages, it isn't easy at all.
Help us to design and improve abstractions and languages
for distributed computing that make it easy to go distributed without a heroic effort.
Relevant Skills: C, Unix, sockets, scripting, compilers.
Green Cloud Computing. Help to build the software and systems that drive
the Notre Dame Green Cloud, a novel data center that reduces cost by using computers to heat the South Bend Greenhouse. We need students to work on building
cloud services, deploying cloud applications, and measuring and managing energy.
Relevant Skills: Linux admin, virtual machines, grid computing, cloud computing, OpenNebula, Condor.
Web Portals for Scientific Computing. Science of all kinds -- physics, biology, sociology, you name it -- in increasingly done by accessing
cloud resources through an easy-to-use web front end.
Help to advance scientific discovery by applying web technologies
to that make it easy to harness clouds and grids at the touch of a button.
Contribute to our various science portals, including Biocompute,
BXGrid, and GRAND.
Relevant Skills: HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, Perl, SQL
Summer at Notre Dame
Summer research students will be paid a stipend of $6000 for ten weeks
during the summer term, 29 May 2012 - 3 August 2012.
Students must register for a zero-credit (no fee) course,
which gives access to campus resources such as housing, computing,
libraries, and athletic facilites.
The stipend should be used to pay for housing, meals, and other costs.
Students may choose any housing on or off campus, but are welcome
to take advantage of on campus housing
in order to meet other students involved in REU programs.
The Notre Dame campus is a wonderful place to live during the summer.
The campus is full of students in summer courses and programs.
The city of South Bend
offers museums and cultural activities, outdoor concerts and festivals,
and a variety of parks and natural areas along the St. Joseph River.
Beyond the city, the South Shore Railway
provides transportation to Lake Michigan and
Indiana Dunes Park,
and downtown Chicago, with easy access to museums, parks, and shopping.
Students may bring a car to campus, but a car is not required.
If you arrive by plane, train, or bus, we can arrange a pick up and drop off.
12 March 2012: Applications received by this date will be given first consideration.
29 May 2012: First day of summer research term.
3 August 2012: End of summer research term.
How to Apply
Send an email with the title "REU Application" to dthain at nd dot edu,
with the following attachments in PDF format:
Cover letter describing your interests and qualifications.
Current resume listing education, experience, and skills.
Letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor
or the professor of a class in which you have done excellent work.
For More Information...
Prof. Douglas Thain - dthain at nd dot edu
Cooperative Computing Lab - http://www.cse.nd.edu/~ccl
University of Notre Dame - http://www.nd.edu