(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.5212) Thanks for Coursera Class on High Performance Scientific Computing (Was: FYI from NADIGEST V14 #08)

Craig Dedo craig
Fri Apr 4 14:50:10 EDT 2014

Hi Van:

            Thank you very much for forwarding to us the information on the Coursera
course on High Performance Scientific Computing.  After checking it out, I signed up for
it and, so far, the course is very worthwhile.



Craig T. Dedo, CAPM

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> From: Randy LeVeque  <mailto:rjl at uw.edu> rjl at uw.edu

> Date: March 27, 2014

> Subject: Coursera Class, High Performance Scientific Computing


> I've been teaching a class for the past several years that has been video taped for

> our online Masters degree program, and last year the videos were cleaned up a bit

> for a Coursera version. This class will run again this year starting on Monday,

> March 31, 2014:

>    <https://www.coursera.org/course/scicomp> https://www.coursera.org/course/scicomp


> Like most of us probably, I find it painful to watch myself lecture so I recommend

> this with some trepidation, but last year several colleagues at other universities

> told me they found it useful for their students. The course is very much an

> *introduction* to high performance computing, with the goal of taking students who

> have some experience programming (e.g. in Matlab) and teaching them about compiled

> languages (Fortran 90 in particular), Makefiles, OpenMP, MPI, IPython notebooks,

> and version control using Git.


> A bit about my philosophy on MOOCs: My primary reason for agreeing to do this was

> similar to why I've written a couple of textbooks.  After putting so much effort

> into developing material for a class it's nice if it can be useful beyond the

> handful of students I teach at UW.  But like a textbook, a MOOC doesn't eliminate

> the need for courses with live instructors, it only gives a another tool to help

> educate.  All of the lecture notes and slides to accompany the videos are also

> openly available on my webpage from last year,

>    <http://faculty.washington.edu/rjl/classes/am583s2013/>

> and the notes will be updated this Spring Quarter,

>    <http://faculty.washington.edu/rjl/classes/am583s2014/>

> (I'm flipping the class and using last year's lectures.)  Many things I borrowed

> from generous colleagues, so I hope some of these materials are also useful to

> others.



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