Expanding Horizons: Advancing HPC Education in Colombia through CyberColombia's Summer Schools

Aurelio Vivas, Carlos E. Alvarez, Jose M Monsalve Diaz, Esteban Hernandez, Juan G. Lalinde-Pulido, and Harold Castro

Volume 15, Issue 1 (March 2024), pp. 15–22


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  author={Aurelio Vivas and Carlos E. Alvarez and Jose M Monsalve Diaz and Esteban Hernandez and Juan G. Lalinde-Pulido and Harold Castro},
  title={Expanding Horizons: Advancing HPC Education in Colombia through CyberColombia's Summer Schools},
  journal={The Journal of Computational Science Education},
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High-performance computing (HPC) is an important tool for research, development, and the industry. Moreover, with the recent expansion of machine learning applications, the need for HPC is increasing even further. However, in developing countries with limited access to the HPC ecosystem, the lack of infrastructure, expertise, and access to knowledge represents a major obstacle to the expansion of HPC. Under these constraints, the adoption of HPC by communities presents several challenges. The HPC Summer Schools are an initiative of CyberColombia that has taken place over the past 5 years. It aims to develop the critical skills, strategic planning, and networking required to make available, disseminate, and maintain the knowledge of high-performance computing and its applications in Colombia. Here we report the results of this series of Summer Schools. The events have proven to be successful, with over 200 participants from more than 20 institutions. Participants span different levels of expertise, including undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals. We also describe successful use cases for HPC cloud solutions, namely Chameleon Cloud.