Changeset 3062 in /cluster/svnroot


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Mar 11, 2011 4:20:58 PM (10 years ago)
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    44===> Description:
    5   The BCCD was created to facilitate the teaching of parallel programming techniques and paradigms and the tool-chains used for cluster computing. Among the difficulties instructors face is a lack of dedicated resources to explore distributed computing aspects or a lack of time and/or knowledge to preconfigure and test the supporting environment. The BCCD addresses this problem by providing a non-destructive way (live ISO) to run a full-fledged parallel computing environment supporting shared memory, distributed memory, and GPGPU parallelism on just about any desktop, laptop or notebook system. For more permanent environments, the BCCD can also be installed ("liberated") onto a host disk, thereby creating a more customary cluster resource.
     5  The BCCD was created in 2002 to facilitate the teaching of parallel programming techniques and the tool-chains used for cluster computing. Among the difficulties instructors often face is a lack of dedicated resources to explore parallel computing with, and a lack of time and/or knowledge to configure the necessary software environment. The BCCD addresses these problems by providing a non-destructive way (live ISO) to run a full-fledged parallel computing environment supporting shared memory, distributed memory, and GPGPU parallelism on a collection of just about any desktop, laptop or notebook systems.  When the class is done reboot and the machines are back to their original configuration.  For more permanent environments, the BCCD can also be installed ("liberated") onto a host disk, thereby creating a more customary cluster distribution.
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    77===> Home page:
     
    1212
    1313===> Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2011? What do you hope to gain by participating?
    14   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 the teaching of those topics. The BCCD can help fill this gap by providing projects in each of these areas. Applying--and subsequently participating--in GSoC will 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 which seeks to address a critical need in computer science education.
     14  Looking through the 2010 list of participating organizations, there are few, if any, organizations geared towards the set of parallel programming, cluster computing, computational science, and the teaching of those topics. The BCCD can help fill this gap by providing projects in each of these areas.  Applying -- and subsequently participating -- in GSoC will afford us opportunities to increase our developer pool and work towards strengthening the community around the tools and curricula for parallel programming, cluster computing, and computational science. As such, any student accepted into the project will provide a pivotal role in a growing community which seeks to address a critical need in computer science education.
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    1616===> If accepted, would this be your first year participating in GSoC?
     
    2424
    2525===> What is the URL for your ideas page?
    26   http://bccd.net/ver3/wiki/index.php/GSoC
     26  http://bccd.net/ver3/wiki/index.php/Ideas
    2727
    2828===> 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.
     
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    3232===> What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
    33   #bccd on irc.freenode.net
     33  irc.freenode.net#bccd
    3434
    3535===> 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.
    36   * Name:
    37   * Email:
    38   * What is your technical background (Un*x, software development, and related areas):
    39   * What is your science background:
    40   * Why does the BCCD interest you?:
    41   * Project proposal:
     36  * Name:
     37  * Email:
     38  * Cell number:
     39  * Educational Institution:
     40  * Grade level:
     41  * Major (minor):
     42  * What is your technical background (Un*x, software development, and related areas):
     43  * What is your science background (classes taken, interests):
     44  * Why does the BCCD project interest you?:
     45  * Project proposal:
    4246   -- Include in your proposal an outline of what you plan to do and a timeline of how long you think each (major) step should take.
    4347
    4448===> What criteria did you use to select the individuals who will act as mentors for your organization? Please be as specific as possible.
    45   Many of the leaders of the BCCD project are computer science educators, and as such, we have a significant amount of experience mentoring student software projects and more importantly, identifying the characteristics of a good mentor. In our view, a good mentor possess a combination of strong technical skills and strong people skills. The technical skills are necessary to help guide and support the student during the design and construction of the software product (when necessary), the people skills are necessary to make sure that support comes at the correct times and is packaged in such a way as to be readily acceptable to the student. Mentors have been chosen who have prior mentoring experience within our various projects as well as demonstrably strong technical and people skills.
     49  Many of the leaders of the BCCD project are computer science educators, and as such, we have a significant amount of experience mentoring student software projects and more importantly, identifying the characteristics of a good mentor.  In our view, a good mentor possess a combination of strong technical skills and strong people skills. The technical skills are necessary to help guide and support the student during the design and construction of the software product (when necessary), the people skills are necessary to make sure that support comes at the correct times and is packaged in such a way as to be readily acceptable to the student.
     50 
     51  The mentors we have identified all have prior mentoring experience within our various projects as well as demonstrably strong technical and people skills.  One testimony to our collective mentoring skills is the number of our now former students who continue to work with us on the BCCD, LittleFe, and as workshop instructors. 
    4652
    4753===> What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
    48   We would rather prevent them from going missing than track them down after they have disappeared. The BCCD project has been hosting weekly developer telecons for about five years now; all participating students would be expected to join those calls each week to report on their progress, ask questions, and generally be interactive. In the event that we don't see commits being made regularly to the project repository, or silence on or absence from the weekly telecons, the mentor will immediately reach out to the student and engage them in a conversation to determine what the obstacles to their participation are. In our experience the sooner one catches these the more likely it is to turn them around and get them actively working again.
     54  We would rather prevent them from going missing than track them down after they have disappeared. The BCCD project has been hosting weekly developer telecons for about five years now; all participating students would be expected to join those calls each week to report on their progress, ask questions, and generally participate. In the event that we don't see commits being made regularly to the project repository, or silence on or absence from the weekly telecons, the mentor will immediately reach out to the student and engage them in a conversation to determine what the obstacles to their participation are. In our experience the sooner one catches these the more likely it is to turn them around and get them actively working again.
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    5056===> What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
    51   Many of the leaders of the BCCD project have been active with it for five or more years, some since its inception around 2003. We work together on this project, submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation (some of which are even funded!), on the LittleFe project (http://LittleFe.net), and teaching workshops together during the summer for the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI) and the Supercomputing Conference's Education Program. In short, we know how to find each other and tend to apply the same approach to mentoring each other as we do to the students we work with.
     57  Many of the leaders of the BCCD project have been active with it for five or more years, some since its inception around 2002. We work together on this project, on proposals to the National Science Foundation (some of which are even funded!), on the LittleFe project (http://LittleFe.net), and teaching workshops together during the summer for the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI) and the Supercomputing Conference's Education Program. In short, we know how to find each other and tend to apply the same approach to mentoring each other as we do to the students we work with.
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    5359===> What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?
    54   The BCCD has been tightly coupled with the National Computational Science Institute and the Supercomputing Conference's Education Program since the project's inception. These two organizations have, in some form or another, been holding workshops to teach computational science and parallel computing to college faculty, often using the BCCD, since 2001. These workshops, particularly in the Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing series, have always worked to incorporate students into the instructor pool.
    55   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.
    56   This is very similar to the path that many former students, including the primary 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.
     60  The BCCD has been closely coupled with the National Computational Science Institute and the Supercomputing Conference's Education Program since the project's inception. These two organizations have, in one form or another, been holding workshops to teach computational science and parallel computing to college faculty, often using the BCCD, since 2001. These workshops, particularly in the Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing track, have always worked to incorporate students into the instructor pool.
     61
     62  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.  This is very similar to the path that many former students, including the primary 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.
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    5764  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.
    5865
    5966===> 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   One of our leaders, Charlie Peck, has had a number of interactions with Chris DiBona of Google over the years. While not GSoC organizations, we do work closely with the Educational Alliance for a Parallel Future (EAPF, http://eapf.org). In fact, in conjunction with Intel's Academic Community, three of the leaders of the BCCD project helped form the EAPF last year. At Intel we work with Wilf Pinfold, Michael Wrinn, Clay Breshears, Jennifer Teal and Paul Steinberg.
     67  One of our leaders, Charlie Peck, has had a number of interactions with Chris DiBona of Google over the years.  While not GSoC organizations, we do work closely with the Educational Alliance for a Parallel Future (EAPF, http://eapf.org). In fact, in conjunction with Intel's Academic Community, three of the leaders of the BCCD project helped form the EAPF last year.  At Intel we work with Wilf Pinfold, Michael Wrinn, Clay Breshears, Jennifer Teal and Paul Steinberg.  We also work closely with the TeraGrid's Education, Outreach and Training organization, Scott Lathrop is the contact there.
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    6269===> 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:
     
    6471
    6572===> Anything else you'd like to tell us?
    66   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 portable mini-cluster designed to foster teaching parallel programming, cluster computing, and computational science at 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 live ISO platform on desktop, laptop, or netbook computers.
    67   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, providing new developers of the project with an opportunity to interact with technology and science educators all over the country.
     73  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 portable mini-cluster designed to support the teaching of  parallel programming, cluster computing, and computational science at 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 live ISO platform on desktop, laptop, or netbook computers.
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     75  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 during the summer and fall of 2011. With the pending distribution of these units, the BCCD's usage and community will increase, providing new developers of the project with an opportunity to interact with technology and science educators all over the country.
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    6977===> Backup Admin (Link ID):
    70   Charlie Peck?
     78  charles_peck
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