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which are trying to accelerate the engagement between industry and universities. He also notes that one of his largest competitors is the individual HPC consultant, who these days can command very good money. Further, ‘HPC is an incredibly loyal, vertical market; consultants will not move on until they have completed the customer assignment.’ Bull is increasingly using social media to reach out and maintain a network of consultants who might turn into employees. Carr adds that getting a new hire is almost like the sales cycle ‘where you develop and nurture close relationships, and you only see the benefits aſter a period of time’.

Opportunities not only at HPC centres It’s not just supercomputer centres that are looking for HPC talent. Te MathWorks, for example, needs soſtware developers to create algorithms that make full use of machines with hundreds or thousands of cores, for products such as its Parallel Computing Toolbox. Tat’s a special skill that few people have, and it’s generally not yet being taught at universities, says Jos Martin, the principal architect for parallel computing tools. ‘Hiring people is nearly as tough as writing algorithms,’ he says. ‘I don’t try to hire people with experience – there’s just too few of them. I look for people we think we can develop, people with good computer, math, and integration skills.’ Te company places

considerable efforts in university outreach programmes. ‘Te MathWorks is committed to supporting academia through programmes that inspire learning and advance education in engineering, science, and mathematics. For example, we support student competitions, programmes such as BLOODHOUND SSC [whose education programme is made available to all pupils in primary and secondary schools, and to students in further and higher education] and participate in guest lectures to help students understand how the theory applies

to real-world problems. We thus ensure students are interested and engaged in their studies, while preparing them for future careers in industry and helping maintain a pipeline of strong candidates for recruitment.’ Besides giving seminars

and talking to professors, Te MathWorks also selectively supports engineering students who excel in using their tools. It funds a number of graduate fellowships and university studentships at 12 organisations worldwide including University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and Technical University of Munich. Te purpose of the programme is to provide financial grants and employment opportunities to science and engineering students at selected universities. Te company provides a studentship to one Oxford and one Cambridge PhD student every three years, and every year two final-year undergraduates from each university are awarded a grant and a mentor to focus on a specific MathWorks-related project.

Further information

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Berkeley Lab



US Department of Energy (DOE)

The MathWorks

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)

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