Distributed and Scientific Computing
The Cooperative Computing Lab
invites outstanding undergraduates to apply for summer research positions
in distributed systems and scientific computing at the University of Notre Dame.
We create computer systems that allow many people to
cooperate in the solution of problems that are too large for any
single machine or person to attack.
Using our testbed of 500 CPUs at Notre Dame, students will work
with software and develop new techniques for managing computations
that harness hundreds of machines at once.
These tools are used to attack problems in disciplines such
as high energy physics, organic chemistry, biometrics, and bioinformatics.
We strongly encourage applications from
women and minorities that are not well represented in computer science.
We also encourage applications from students at
regional colleges and universities. A summer research position
is a great way to develop your skills and prepare for graduate school.
This program will accept four applicants that will live and work along
side about twenty other REU students working on different research programs
in our department.
Summer 2009 Focus: Biometrics and Bioinformatics
Our summer 2009 program will focus on the problems of distributed
computing in biometrics and bioinformatics.
Biometrics is the study of identifying people
from physical observations such as fingerprints, iris images, and
motion capture. Researchers at Notre Dame have collected hundreds of thousands
of such images and videos, and design new algorithms for identifying
and matching people based upon these measurements. To evaluate
these data thoroughly, we must distribute images to hundreds of machines
for transformation, comparison, and analysis.
Bioinformatics is the study of genomic sequences using
computer algorithms. Researchers at Notre Dame are generating terabytes
of genomic data every few days from modern sequencing machines.
To process it in a timely manner, we must find effective ways
of rapidly moving large amounts of data, and splitting up assembly
tasks among hundreds of computers.
In both areas, we must design powerful tools for harnessing distributed systems,
but also make them usable by non-experts through web portals.
The ideal applicant must be enrolled in a computer science degree program
and have skills in one of the following areas:
Web Technologies: HTML, PHP, Perl, and databases.
Systems Programming: C, Unix, networks, and scripting.
Summer at Notre Dame
Summer research students will be paid a stipend of $6000 for ten weeks
during the summer term, 26 May 2009 - 31 July 2009.
(Some flexibility in dates is possible if arranged in advance.)
Students must register for a zero-credit (no fee) course,
which gives access to campus resources such as housing, computing,
libraries, and athletic facilites.
The stipend should be used to pay for housing, meals, and other costs.
Students may choose any housing on or off campus, but are welcome
to take advantage of on campus housing
in order to meet other students involved in REU programs.
The Notre Dame campus is a wonderful place to live during the summer.
The campus is full of students in summer courses and programs.
The city of South Bend
offers museums and cultural activities, outdoor concerts and festivals,
and a variety of parks and natural areas along the St. Joseph River.
Beyond the city, the South Shore Railway
provides transportation to Lake Michigan and
Indiana Dunes Park,
and downtown Chicago, with easy access to museums, parks, and shopping.
Students may bring a car to campus, but a car is not required. We will arrange pick up and drop off for students arriving by plane, train, or bus.
26 May 2009: First day of summer research term.
31 July 2009: End of summer research term.
How to Apply
E-Mail the following to dthain at nd dot edu
in either PDF or DOC format:
Cover letter describing your interests and qualifications.
Current resume listing education, experience, and skills.
Letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor
or the professor of a class in which you have done excellent work.
For More Information...
Prof. Douglas Thain - dthain at nd dot edu
Cooperative Computing Lab - http://www.cse.nd.edu/~ccl
University of Notre Dame - http://www.nd.edu