ARSC interns nationally recognized

ARSC interns nationally recognized


Fairbanks, Alaska—ARSC summer interns Jose Antonio Figueroa and Vahid Ajimine are two of only four students selected from a national field of HPC scholars to be recognized by DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) at its 2010 Users Group Conference (UGC)this week in Schaumburg, Ill.

Figueroa and Ajimine participated in ARSC’s Summer Research Program for undergraduate students last year. They were sponsored by HPCMP’s Joint Educational Opportunities for Minorities (JEOM) program, which places students from underrepresented groups at DoD research facilities throughout the country to work with scientists and HPC specialists on computationally intensive problems.

The two were invited to present the findings of their ARSC research projects at the annual DoD UGC June 15.Figueroa’s project is titled, “Development and Optimization of a Parallel Simulated Annealing Algorithm for Solving Surface Structures.” Figueroa was a junior studying electrical engineering at the Universidad de Puerto Rico at the time of his internship. He worked with Tom Trainor, an associate professor chemistry and biochemistry at UAF. Figueroa is currently studying at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island as part of a cooperative education program and expects to graduate in May 2011.

Ajimine, who was a junior studying computer science at the University of Hawaii at the time of his internship, worked with ARSC HPC Specialist Ed Kornkven. Ajimine’s project is titled, “Benchmarking Approaches to ARSC’s Supercomputers.”

This year’s UGC meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the annual conferences sponsored by HPCMP for the users and providers of DoD high-performance computing resources.

ARSC is one of six DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers in the U.S. There are two DSRCs in Mississippi and one each in Maryland, Ohio, Alaska and Hawaii. ARSC is the only DSRC in the program that is not affiliated with a branch of the military.


CONTACT: Greg Newby , chief scientist and intern program manager, ARSC, 907-450-8663, or Debra Damron , communications group lead, ARSC, at 907-450-8662.

Jose Figueroa


Vahid Ajimine


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