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Big Data and High-Performance Computing Summer School

In our Big Data and High-Performance Computing Summer School, specialists will teach you how to apply methods drawn from data science and analytics to help businesses and government organisations make better decisions.

The Schools of Computer Science and Informatics, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy jointly run this Summer School. It takes place from 18 July until 1 August 2020.

Our academic experts will improve your knowledge of computer programming. You will use practical applications to show how Big Data and HPC can solve real-world challenges such as gravitational wave research and astronomical satellites.

In Big Data and High-Performance Computing, specialists will teach you how to apply methods drawn from data science and analytics to help businesses and government organisations make better decisions. In addition, our academic experts will improve your knowledge of computer programming. You will use practical applications to show how Big Data and HPC can solve real-world challenges including gravitational wave research and astronomical satellites.

You will cover topics and learn skills such as:

  • Programming languages (Python, R and C)
  • Extracting and handling ‘big data’
  • Identifying meaningful patterns within data
  • Modelling tools
  • Shared and distributed memory models
  • Data and task-based parallelism
  • OpenMP, MPI and CUDA
  • Gravitational wave research

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

Saturday 18 JulyArrival in Cardiff (pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
Sunday 19 JulySocial event
Monday 20 JulyWelcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 21 JulyLecture: Crash course in Python and introduction to data analysis
 
Practical session: Python
 
Problem-solving informal assessment
Wednesday 22 July

Lecture: Introductory Data Analysis (formatting, processing)

Practical session: Gravitational waves

Keynote lecture on Gravitational waves

Tour: Astronomical instrumentation (detectors)

Thursday 23 July

Lecture: Multivariate regression models

Laboratory session

Friday 24 July

Lecture: Data mining, classification and clustering

Laboratory session

Industrial visit

Saturday 25 JulyField trips and free time
Sunday 26 JulyField trips and free time
Monday 27 July

Lecture: Machine learning and deep learning

Laboratory session

Tuesday 28 July

Lecture: Examples of parallelism; shared and distributed memory architectures

Industrial visit

Lecture: Programming with OpenMP 4.0

Laboratory session

Wednesday 29 July

Lecture: Introduction to message passing and the MPI programming model

Laboratory session

Thursday 30 July

Lecture: Programming with GPUs

Laboratory session

Friday 31 July

Assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony

Saturday 1 AugustDeparture from Cardiff (drop off to Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 18 July, drop off is on 1 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team.

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