Just before SC13, I managed to get some time with John Lee, Cray’s VP of Cluster Solutions. While everyone knows Cray as one of the largest supercomputing vendors in the industry, they might not know the depth of Cray’s commitment to fostering the next generation of HPC experts.
Cray has been a longtime supporter of the Student Cluster Competition, but their participation reached unprecedented levels at SC13. They sponsored two of the “Big Iron” teams (The University of Tennessee and University of the Pacific) and provided the hardware used in the first “Celebrity Pro-Am Cluster Challenge.” Altogether, Cray provided three clusters plus work on configurations, installations, and solving the myriad of other technical and logistical problems that inevitably arise.
In this webcast, John and I talk about Cray’s long-term commitment to supporting these students. We discuss how this benefits both the industry as a whole and Cray as an industry player.
We also discuss something I haven’t talked about before with anyone else – how students can best take advantage of this experience after the competition ends. What doors does their participation open? How they should best pursue positions in business, research, academia, or even with HPC vendors? John talks about what Cray is looking for in new hires, and how SCC experience pays off for prospective job candidates in a wide variety of fields.
It’s an interesting and fun conversation and worth a look, whether you’re a cluster competitor or a potential employer looking for highly qualified and motivated technical personnel.