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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 US-China 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 10 weeks, 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 research areas are invited to apply to this site. Students may either select one from the research projects areas listed or propose their own project focus:

  • Earth Systems: Mesoscale weather forecasting; Earthquake prediction and simulation
  • Drug Design
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Utilizing multi-grid methods to simulate flow
  • Big Data: Developing parallel open source codes to process large NGS data
  • Machine Learning: Integrating ML/DL and mathematics for biomolecular data analysis, Developing asynchronous parallel algorithms for general problems

Location: Depending on students’ research interests, pairs of students will be based in the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) in Wuxi, China , Tsinghua University in Beijing or the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

Project Dates: Students at the ASSURE site, commit 10 weeks in the Summer to this project. Students will work with a Chinese mentor and a US advisor for 8 weeks while living in China during the Summer months (early June to early August).

Stipend: Each student will receive a total stipend of $5,000 (before tax) for 10-weeks of work, on-campus accommodation in China, and a stipend towards meals. Financial support up to $600 per student is available for domestic travel to the REU site and to conferences. Up to $2800 per student is available for round-trip travel to the research location in China.

Cultural Activities: Opportunities are available for students to explore the Chinese culture, include a trip to the Great Wall of China and visits to several museums.


  • SUM 2020 program suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Applications for SUM 2021 open October 2020.