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Title: An Innovative Approach to Bridge a Skill Gap and Grow a Workforce Pipeline: The Computer System, Cluster, and Networking Summer Institute

Sustainable and effective computing infrastructure depends critically on the skills and expertise of domain scientists and of committed and well-trained advanced computing professionals. But, in its ongoing High Performance Computing (HPC) work, Los Alamos National Laboratory noted a persistent shortage of well-prepared applicants, particularly for entry-level cluster administration, file systems administration, and high speed networking positions. Further, based upon recruiting efforts and interactions with universities graduating students in related majors of interest (e.g., computer science (CS)), there has been a long standing skillset gap, as focused training in HPC topics is typically lacking or absent in undergraduate and in even many graduate programs. Given that the effective operation and use of HPC systems requires specialized and often advanced training, that there is a recognized HPC skillset gap, and that there is intense global competition for computing and computational science talent, there is a long-standing and critical need for innovative approaches to help bridge the gap and create a well-prepared, next generation HPC workforce. Our paper places this need in the context of the HPC work and workforce requirements at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and presents one such innovative program conceived to address the need, bridge the gap, and growmore » an HPC workforce pipeline at LANL. The Computer System, Cluster, and Networking Summer Institute (CSCNSI) completed its 10th year in 2016. The story of the CSCNSI and its evolution is detailed below with a description of the design of its Boot Camp, and a summary of its success and some key factors that have enabled that success.« less
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2379-4798
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Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2379-4798
USENIX Corporation
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); National Science Foundation (NSF)
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United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Computer Hardware; Computer Science
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