Research and development in pulsed power, plasma physics and fusion energy sciences since 2005

Scientific Computing Bootcamp
with emphasis on application to plasma physics and nuclear fusion

Session A: Feb 26 - Mar 2, 2018
Session B: May 28 - Jun 1, 2018
Location to be announced (Santa Fe, NM Area)

An introduction to some of the scientific computing tools that plasma physicists use regularly in addressing some of today's most pressing challenges. During this week-long course you'll gain:

  • hands-on experience running your own simulations
  • familiarity with common challenges in scientific computing
  • chats with industry leaders

Intended audience: undergraduate students with at least some computing familiarity, energy, and an interest in pursuing high performance computing in their careers.

Previous student's simulation of a tilt compression (click to see animation)

Anticipated topics:

  • Grand challenges in computational plasma physics
  • Overall process of computational simulation
  • Introduction to plasma physics research & development codes
  • Compiling and debugging, including Make and FORTRAN
  • High performance computing and best practices
  • Visualization and post-processing tools, including Octave and Python
  • The finite element method
  • Verification and validation in scientific computing
  • Contemporary issues
  • Exascale computing

Cost: $250

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Applications accepted through Friday, Feb 16

"Attending the Scientific Computing Bootcamp at Woodruff Scientific was an incredible learning experience, and tons of fun! I was able to connect with industry experts and learn many fundamentals of scientific computing – as well as their respective applications. Even if you have no prior knowledge of plasma physics or nuclear fusion, I highly recommend applying to this opportunity!” - Hannah Misenar
“Woodruff Scientific Computing Bootcamp was a safe and inviting place to learn about scientific computing basics, plasma physics, and broader applications of the two. Expect to broaden your understanding with in-depth tutorials, great speakers, diverse content, and a lot of fun!” – Danielle Lemmon, BSc Physics, University of Washington
“It was a lot of fun and you guys did a great job of exposing the problems in the field and giving us an appreciation for the scale that all of that happens at, from the cost to the temperature, to computing resources, it takes a lot of time. As a CSE student the intro to parallelization was really cool and the basic intro to using a unix terminal served me well. I have definitely recommended the camp to friends and would recommend it to anyone in an interest in physics, applied math, or CSE.” – Ben Gardon, BSc CSE University of Washington

2018 Bootcamp Flyer (pdf)

Course Wiki

2016 Bootcamp Syllabus (pdf)

2015 Bootcamp Summary (pdf)

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Applications accepted through Friday, Feb 16