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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.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

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

This Summer School is jointly run by the School of Computer Science and Informatics, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy.

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 schedule is subject to change.

July 2021Arrival in Cardiff (pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
 Social event
 Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
 Lecture: Crash course in Python and introduction to data analysis
 
Practical session: Python
 
Problem-solving informal assessment
 

Lecture: Introductory Data Analysis (formatting, processing)

Practical session: Gravitational waves

Keynote lecture on Gravitational waves

Tour: Astronomical instrumentation (detectors)

 

Lecture: Multivariate regression models

Laboratory session

 

Lecture: Data mining, classification and clustering

Laboratory session

Industrial visit

 Field trips and free time
 Field trips and free time
 

Lecture: Machine learning and deep learning

Laboratory session

 

Lecture: Examples of parallelism; shared and distributed memory architectures

Industrial visit

Lecture: Programming with OpenMP 4.0

Laboratory session

 

Lecture: Introduction to message passing and the MPI programming model

Laboratory session

 

Lecture: Programming with GPUs

Laboratory session

 

Assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony

 Departure from Cardiff (drop off to Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The standard fee for our two week 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 and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Excellence scholarship

One student on each Summer School will receive an Excellence Scholarship worth £1,000. The scholarship is merit-based and will consider your academic profile, work experience and personal statement.

Partner institutions

Partner institutions will receive a reduction in feeds depending on how many students will be attending the Summer School. Our partnership agreement contract will include more information about this. Alternatively please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help.

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.

Applying for a short-term study visa

Some students will need to apply for a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK while others can apply on entry to the UK at immigration control. For the latest information on short-term visas head to Home Office guidance.

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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