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Lab Hosts Upward Bound Students

January 17, 2019

Group of students in front of supercomputer.

Yuba Colleges students and chaperones wrap up their tour of the machine room with a group shot with Cori.

Students from the Yuba College Upward Bound program visited Berkeley Lab on Friday, January 11, where they learned about high-performance computing and networking, then toured the NERSC machine room and the Advanced Light Source.

In all, 28 students and chaperones participated in the visit, which was hosted by the lab's Federal and Community Relations Office. Upward Bound is a federally funded educational program that provides disadvantaged high school and college students with tools and resources to help them successfully complete a post-secondary education. Many of the program's students are the first in their families to attend college.

During their visit to Computing Sciences, Debbie Bard of NERSC gave the group an overview of supercomputers and scientific computing. This was followed by a tour of the machine room, with groups led by Kristy Kallback-Rose and David Skinner of NERSC and Jon Bashor of CS communications.

Skinner Yuba

NERSC's David Skinner leads Yuba College students as they get a close-up view of the Cori supercomputer.

Kristy Yuba

Kristy Kallback-Rose of NERSC describes NERSC's automated tape library to students from Yuba College.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

High performance computing plays a critical role in scientific discovery. Researchers increasingly rely on advances in computer science, mathematics, computational science, data science, and large-scale computing and networking to increase our understanding of ourselves, our planet, and our universe. Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area researches, develops, and deploys new foundations, tools, and technologies to meet these needs and to advance research across a broad range of scientific disciplines.