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Meridian Technology Center visits OSU HPCC

High school students in the pre-engineering program at Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma, visited the Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) on Friday, May 12. Approximately 60 students toured the HPCC facilities as part of a campus tour hosted by the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Prospective Student Services office. 

Julie Blatt, director of CEAT Prospective Student Services, brought the students to the OSU campus as a way to show them some of the facilities and resources they may be exposed to as future students in the OSU CEAT programs. 

OSU HPCC director Dana Brunson shows Meridian Tech students the Cowboy supercomputer.

Students were taken to see the campus's current research supercomputer, Cowboy, and were given a preview of the space where the newest supercomputer, Pistol Pete, will be housed. Students were also allowed to participate in a Q&A session with HPCC staff while taking turns on a hydrodynamics simulation program on the HPCC's "baby" supercomputing cluster built out of eight Raspberry Pi single-board computers (about the size of a credit card).


The hydrodynamics simulation program, provided by the Tiny Titan project from Oak Ridge National Laboratories, allowed students to see how individual computers (nodes) networked together to form a supercomputing cluster that could utilize multiple nodes to simulate water movement when certain parameters such as gravity, density, and pressure were changed. The program also allowed students to discuss the advantages and limitations of when a cluster uses all the processors available on all its computing nodes to do the simulation versus when a cluster scales back and runs the simulation using fewer processors. 

Brunson shows Meridian Tech students the inside of one of Cowboy's computing nodes.