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Program Focus: Graduate Student Research Opportunity: The Algorithms & Software for SUpercomputers with emerging aRchitEctures (ASSURE) program provides graduate students with opportunities to investigate the capabilities of classical and emerging HPC hardware architectures and to understand how these can be leveraged for research in a variety of science and engineering disciplines that rely on high performance computing systems to advance scientific endeavors. This International Research for Students (IRES) site is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Program Goals: ASSURE will engage U.S. students in research projects and professional development activities that prepare them with key skills required to address problems that have a demonstrated need for supercomputers in addressing their complex nature. Over the course of the program, students will be exposed to several aspects of international collaborative projects, including understanding how these projects can be initiated and key skills needed to sustain them.

Main Research Themes: Students with an interest in the following computational research areas are invited to apply to this site:

  • Climate Sciences & Earth Systems
  • Biophysics / Biomedicine 
  • Numerical Methods: Developing parallel algorithms for general problems
  • Big Data: Developing parallel open source codes to process complex data
  • Machine Learning: Integrating ML/DL and mathematics for general problems

Location: Depending on students’ research interests, students will collaborate with researchers based in the Jülich Supercomputing Center, Germany; RIKEN, Japan, and National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) in Wuxi, China.

Project Dates: Students at the ASSURE site, commit 9 or 12 months to collaborate on projects provided through this site. Students will work with an internationally based mentor and a US advisor for during the this time to complete a substantive project (Mid-Aug 2021 to Mid-May 2022 or Mid-August 2022). Time commitment is equivalent to a half-time research assistantship (or a minimum of 20-25 hrs. weekly).

Stipend: Each student will receive a total stipend of $1414/biweekly (before tax). A health insurance allowance is provided. No tuition support is available. However, with approval, students may simultaneously hold the equivalent of quarter-time assistantships (12-15 hours per week).  In the event that international travel can be safely resumed, financial support is available for round-trip travel to the research location and lodging for a short stay.

Cultural Activities: In the event that international travel can be safely resumed, opportunities are available for students to explore the culture.