Changeset 3054 in /cluster/svnroot


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Mar 6, 2011 10:07:24 AM (10 years ago)
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fitz
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#612: More answers. Clearer delineation of q's vs a's.

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    1 Organization Name:
     1===> Organization Name:
    22  BCCD - The Bootable Cluster CD
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    4 Description:
    5         The BCCD was created to facilitate the instruction of parallel computing aspects and paradigms. One of the difficulties instructors face is a lack of dedicated resources to explore distributed computing aspects or lack of time to preconfigure and test the supporting environment. The BCCD addresses this problem by providing a non-destructive way to run a fully-fledged parallel computing environment on just about any workstation-class system. For more permanent environments, the BCCD can also be installed ("liberated") onto a host disk, thereby creating a more customary cluster resource.
     4===> Description:
     5  The BCCD was created to facilitate the instruction of parallel computing aspects and paradigms. One of the difficulties instructors face is a lack of dedicated resources to explore distributed computing aspects or lack of time to preconfigure and test the supporting environment. The BCCD addresses this problem by providing a non-destructive way to run a fully-fledged parallel computing environment on just about any workstation-class system. For more permanent environments, the BCCD can also be installed ("liberated") onto a host disk, thereby creating a more customary cluster resource.
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    7 Home page:
     7===> Home page:
    88  http://bccd.net
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    10 Main Organization License:
     10===> Main Organization License:
    1111  GPLv2
    1212
    13 Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2011? What do you hope to gain by participating?
     13===> Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2011? What do you hope to gain by participating?
    1414  Looking through the 2010 list of participating organizations, there are few, if any organizations geared towards the intersection of computational science, cluster computing, parallel programming and teaching these topics. The BCCD can help fill this gap by providing projects in each of these areas. Applying--and subsequently participating--in GSoC can afford us opportunities to increase our developer pool and work towards strengthening the community around the tools and curricula for computational science, cluster computing, and parallel programming. As such, any student accepted into the project will provide a pivotal role in a growing community.
    1515
    16 If accepted, would this be your first year participating in GSoC?
     16===> If accepted, would this be your first year participating in GSoC?
    1717  Yes.
    1818
    19 Did your organization participate in past GSoCs? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges of your participation.
    20         not applicable
    21                
    22 If your organization participated in past GSoCs, please let us know the ratio of students passing to students allocated, e.g. 2006: 3/6 for 3 out of 6 students passed in 2006.
     19===> Did your organization participate in past GSoCs? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges of your participation.
    2320  not applicable
    24                
    25 What is the URL for your ideas page?
     21   
     22===> If your organization participated in past GSoCs, please let us know the ratio of students passing to students allocated, e.g. 2006: 3/6 for 3 out of 6 students passed in 2006.
     23  not applicable
     24   
     25===> What is the URL for your ideas page?
    2626  http://bccd.net/ver3/wiki/index.php/GSoC
    2727
    28 What is the main development mailing list for your organization? This question will be shown to students who would like to get more information about applying to your organization for GSoC 2011. If your organization uses more than one list, please make sure to include a description of the list so students know which to use.
     28===> What is the main development mailing list for your organization? This question will be shown to students who would like to get more information about applying to your organization for GSoC 2011. If your organization uses more than one list, please make sure to include a description of the list so students know which to use.
    2929  bccd-developers@bccd.net
    3030
    31 What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
    32         #bccd on freenode
     31===> What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
     32  #bccd on freenode
    3333
    34 Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now. Please note that it is a very good idea to ask students to provide you with their contact information as part of your template. Their contact details will not be shared with you automatically via the GSoC 2011 site.
    35         * Name:
    36         * Email:
    37         * Tech/Science Background:
    38         * Why does the BCCD interest you?:
    39         * Project proposal:
    40         -- Include in your proposal an outline of what you plan to do and a timeline of how long you think each (major) step in the process should take.
    41                
    42 What criteria did you use to select the individuals who will act as mentors for your organization? Please be as specific as possible.
     34===> Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now. Please note that it is a very good idea to ask students to provide you with their contact information as part of your template. Their contact details will not be shared with you automatically via the GSoC 2011 site.
     35  * Name:
     36  * Email:
     37  * Tech/Science Background:
     38  * Why does the BCCD interest you?:
     39  * Project proposal:
     40  -- Include in your proposal an outline of what you plan to do and a timeline of how long you think each (major) step in the process should take.
     41   
     42===> What criteria did you use to select the individuals who will act as mentors for your organization? Please be as specific as possible.
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    45 What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
     45===> What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
    4646
    4747
    48 What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
     48===> What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
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    51 What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?
     51===> What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?
     52  The BCCD has been tightly coupled with the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI) and the SuperComputing (SC) Education Program since the project's inception. These two organizations have, in some form or another, been holding workshops to teach computational science to college faculty, often using the BCCD. These workshops, particularly in the Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing series, have always worked to incorporate students into the instructor pool.
     53  In keeping with the tradition of involving students in these workshops, we would highly encourage--if not require--GSoC students to attend at least one of these week-long workshops as an assistant instructor to either help run sessions introducing and using the BCCD and/or present to the workshop participants the current state of their project.
     54  This is very similar to the path that many former students, including the author of this application, have taken to become part of Computational Science Education and SuperComputing communities. Most of these workshops are held during the summer and the annual SC conference happens in November, providing outstanding opportunities for the students to present their work to and interact with the BCCD user community.
     55  The BCCD developers hold a weekly conference call to discuss current issues and plan for future events and features. Since these calls are an ongoing part of the project, accepted GSoC students will be asked to participate in the calls, encouraged to weigh in on open topics, and asked to give brief updates on their plans or status.
     56
     57===> If you are a small or new organization applying to GSoC, please list a larger, established GSoC organization or a Googler that can vouch for you here.
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    54 If you are a small or new organization applying to GSoC, please list a larger, established GSoC organization or a Googler that can vouch for you here.
     60===> If you are a large organization who is vouching for a small organization applying to GSoC for their first time this year, please list their name and why you think they'd be good candidates for GSoC here:
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    57 If you are a large organization who is vouching for a small organization applying to GSoC for their first time this year, please list their name and why you think they'd be good candidates for GSoC here:
     63===> Anything else you'd like to tell us?
     64  One of the principle use cases for the BCCD is as the OS of choice for a project called LittleFe (http://littlefe.net). LittleFe is a small, portable cluster designed to foster teaching parallel programming and computational science in small educational institutions that can't otherwise afford cluster resources (or even time on other institutions' resources). The BCCD's support for these institutions is two-fold: (a) as the installed OS on LittleFe units; and (b) as a temporary development platform on workstations.
     65  This is an important relationship as the LittleFe project has secured funding from both Intel and the SuperComputing conference to build and disseminate at least 20 LittleFe units within the summer and fall of 2011. With the pending distribution of these units, the BCCD's usage and community will increase significantly, providing any new developer in the project an opportunity to interact with technology and science educators all over the country.
     66   
     67===> Backup Admin (Link ID):
    5868
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    60 Anything else you'd like to tell us?
    61   One of the principle use cases for the BCCD is as the OS of choice for a project called LittleFe (http://littlefe.net). LittleFe is a small, portable cluster designed to foster teaching parallel programming and computational science in small educational institutions that can't otherwise afford cluster resources (or even time on other institutions' resources). The BCCD's support for these institutions is two-fold: (a) as the installed OS on LittleFe units; and (b) as a temporary development platform on workstations.
    62         This is an important relationship as the LittleFe project has secured funding from both Intel and the SuperComputing conference to build and disseminate at least 20 LittleFe units within the summer and fall of 2011. With the pending distribution of these units, the BCCD's usage and community will increase significantly, providing any new developer in the project an opportunity to interact with technology and science educators all over the country.
    63                
    64 Backup Admin (Link ID):
    65 
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