D3.3.1: Survey of HPC education and training needs

Tim Stitt, Tim Robinson
2008 Zenodo  
In this report we present the outcome of a comprehensive survey of HPC training and educational needs amongst the top-tier users across all PRACE partner sites. We describe the design and implementation of this survey which examines user opinion on their current satisfaction and competence with existing training and educational material, as well as solicit their requirements for new and improved training material aimed at high-performance scalable computing towards the Petascale regime. In
more » ... ion to surveying technical training requirements, the survey also assesses user satisfaction with existing training delivery methods, and the potential of novel presentation approaches. The results of the survey indicate that there is a significant need for improved training in nearly all areas of HPC education. In particular the survey identifies a definite need for improved training in mixed-mode MPI/OpenMP programming, multi-core programming, optimization techniques, parallel I/O and visualization. Furthermore, it is revealed that users would significantly benefit from a centralised European repository of training material and HPC knowledge dissemination. It is hoped that the recommendations presented in this report describe a roadmap of how user requirements and training deficiencies can be satisfied in conjunction with a sustained, comprehensive PRACE educational programme encompassing summer schools, winter schools and training workshops.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6543230 fatcat:67kvbjhnt5hl5isho4s2kx5osu