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TimeThursday, 19 November 20208:30am - 5pm EDT
LocationPoster Module
DescriptionThe members of the Boston University team this year consists of individuals from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

The fields of study of the team range from Computer Science to Biomedical Engineering and the members are experienced in both HPC-directed skills such as computational sciences and machine learning, as well as other imperative skills including writing and data visualization.

The team has many direct experiences with HPC applications, including both CPU and GPU parallelization, with both finite solutions and random-number predictions.
The team also has experiences with cross-disciplinary HPC-related fields. Computational studies of Fluid Dynamics, Cellular Biology, Pharmacology, Astrophysics, Renewable Energy, and Magnetodynamics have been conducted by team members as well as members being engaged with the Hackathon community.

In addition, the team has numerous experiences with Data Science and Machine Learning applications, with some having conducted ML-oriented research. One member has competed, and placed highly, in MIT’s BattleCode AI tournament. The team also has specific experiences with Big Data Visualization including for Wikipedia articles and the NCAA March Madness campaign for Google Cloud. Another one of our members actively works with CNNs to develop better cell segmentation models.

One of the club’s activities this past year was participating in HPCBoston, an HPC competition that was held by Northeastern University. As part of this competition, the team gained experience with benchmarking their system as well as undertaking HPC-related workloads. Although the competition never took place due to a lack of representation (a very sad outcome as the team was looking forward to meeting and competing with other local schools), the team held an in-house competition, with 2 internal teams.

Participating in this competition will be widely beneficial to the team members competing this year. Benjamin, for example, plans to pursue a career relating to HPC, and is looking for topics that will interest him. The other members of the club will be taking HPC and GPU Programming courses in the future, and want to get a head start by gaining experience in the field. Moreover, previous years’ team members who are no longer allowed to compete this year were inspired by the competition and are doing HPC research for their Ph.D program. We hope this competition serves as motivation for all of our members to pursue graduate studies in this important field!

The diverse yet important set of skills put together on this team allows it to excel in HPC applications!
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