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Academic Supercomputing Center Representatives Hosted by CRPC

Directors and representatives from 28 supercomputing centers across the country attended a CRPC-hosted meeting April 9-10 at Rice University. The centers are members of the Coalition of Academic Supercomputing Centers (CASC), an organization established in 1989 to represent the high-performance computing and communications community. Dan Davis of the CRPC, and Assistant Director of Caltech's Center for Advanced Computing Research, is CASC chairman for 1997/1998.

CASC members are fostering advances affecting virtually every aspect of society, from aircraft and automotive design and safety systems to biomedical research, health care delivery, environmental problem-solving, the National Information Infrastructure (NII), and much more. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, CASC meets several times a year, sometimes visiting member centers to learn about their research thrusts and roles in joint projects with other supercomputer centers. Members meet annually in Washington, D.C. for legislative and regulatory briefings by members of the Administration, Congress, and their staffs.

Richard A. Aló of the University of Houston-Downtown presented a talk on the importance of mentoring minority students from high school through graduate school.
CASC meeting attendees shared information over a working breakfast. Highlights of the April meeting included a talk from CRPC Director Ken Kennedy, who discussed the latest developments with the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Richard Tapia, CRPC Director of Education and Human Resources and one of the first recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, discussed how academic supercomputing centers can encourage minorities and women in the computational sciences. Richard A. Aló, Executive Director of the Center for Computational Science and Advanced Distributed Simulation at University of Houston-Downtown, spoke on mentoring minorities from high school through graduate school. He described summer and academic-year programs and various research opportunities at his center.

CRPC Director Ken Kennedy led discussions that revolved around late-breaking developments with the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Kennedy is co-chair of the committee.

The group was taken on a tour of the Rice campus, including the new computational science and engineering building, Duncan Hall, where the CRPC is headquartered. Social events included an outing to a local restaurant for an informal buffet and line dancing, with dancing lessons courtesy of Rice students. A more formal dinner also took place during the conference, after which Richard Tapia presented his talk.

For more information about CASC, see http://www.ncsc.org/casc/.

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