The goal of the materials development effort is to support undergraduate faculty in preparing a diverse community of students for petascale computing. This program seeks compelling examples in STEM fields, from desktop to petascale incorporating that address:
The materials development effort will be conducted in partnership with Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD), a Pathways portal of National Science Digital Library (NSDL), and HPC University, to broadly disseminate the materials through these digital libraries. All materials will be subject to a formal VVA review before being published. The VVA review process includes:
Blue Waters will support the annual development of modules targeted for all STEM fields over each of the next three years. It is expected that the development cycle for each module will span about 18 months. The development process must include the development of materials for a module, field testing of the materials in an undergraduate classroom, conducting a VVA review of the materials, and then publishing the materials through the CSERD and HPC University digital libraries. The Blue Waters team will provide support to the faculty throughout the development process. In addition, access to petascale class computing systems will be made available to the faculty and the classes in which the materials are field-tested. Faculty are asked to submit a proposal outlining their plans. The faculty selected to participate will receive a stipend of about $5,000 upon completion of the development process.
The materials that are developed must be based on the UCES, Keck/NSF model that includes: