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LittleFe wins the 2012 UCES Award


The CCG went to Seattle for SC11 and returned home with an award and a check!

Earlham's Cluster Computing Group attended the the annual SuperComputing conference, SC11, in Seattle recently. SC is one of the world's largest gathering of people who work in high performance computing and computation and data enabled science and engineering. It is sometimes described as Burning Man for geeks, this year about 12,000 of them. While there, the Earlham contingent presented their work on the LittleFe and BCCD projects (http://LittleFe.net, http://BCCD.net) and organized a series of buildout events for 15 college and university teams from across the United States.

While at the SuperComputing Conference Associate Professor Charlie Peck (EC '84), representing the LittleFe project, was chosen as the winner from 5 finalists for the 2011 Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Sciences (UCES) Award by the Krell Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The purpose of the UCES Award program is to recognize undergraduate faculty who have recently developed courses, programs, and/or curricular material for computation and data enabled science and engineering. The award comes with a framed certificate and a check.

LittleFe is the hardware component of Acme, the turnkey appliance for high performance computing, computational science, and data enabled science education. The Bootable Cluster CD, a Linux distribution which comes bundled with the tools and libraries needed for high performance computing education, serves as the software stack for LittleFe. A few Earlham alums continue to work on the LittleFe and BCCD projects, including Skylar Thompson (EC '06), Andrew Fitz Gibbon (EC '09), and Aaron Weeden (EC '10). The students currently working on it are Mobeen Ludin and Ivan Babic. All of these folks were present at the award ceremony in Seattle and the ensuing dinner where they were joined by Ian McKinney (EC '09).

The LittleFe and BCCD projects are managed by a group of educators and education enthusiasts, currently those people are:

  • Tom Murphy, Contra Costa College
  • Jennifer Houchins, Shodor Education Foundation
  • Charlie Peck, Earlham College
  • Aaron Weeden, Shodor Education Foundation
  • Skylar Thompson, Washington University
  • Andrew Fitz Gibbon, Amazon

    Our student interns are currently:

  • Mobeen Ludin, Earlham College
  • Ivan Babic, Earlham College

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