Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 

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Computation Exploration

Computation Exploration (CompEx) is a high performance computing teaching module designed to be Incorporated into existing curricula in high school computer science classrooms. This program teaches high school students the basics of parallel programming and guides them through the development of their own parallel programs.

CompEx is a nine week course offered to Pittsburgh area high schools. Approximately twice a month, PSC staff travel to the high school to lecture and teach key concepts to the students. Between those visits, the students work on programming projects related to the course. Most students who participate in the program have minimal programming experience. Typically, they are only halfway through an introductory computer programming class before CompEx begins. Every student who participated said that their programming skills improved and that they would recommend CompEx to a friend.

Student Feedback

"It showed me how real programming is done."

"...getting my code to run in parallel was a joy, especially since I got to be the first."

"I learned to create code that ran on multiple processors, something we normally wouldn't do in class."

"I enjoyed working with high level computers and things we normally would not have had access to without a fat wallet."