Vladimir Soto

SHiPPER scholar (undergraduate student)
Computer Science Department
The University of Texas at El Paso

Summer 2007

Summer Research Challenge Internship at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Major objectives were to promote arctic research, develop research skills, and become familiar with modern supercomputing. As an intern, I participated in a project to graphically represent hot spots in Alaska Google Maps API that would later help detect and predict wildfire smoke dispersion. The experience increased my knowledge of the role HPC plays in arctic weather and geological research, both in the Arctic region and globally.

Fall 2007

Student volunteer at the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Storage, Networking, and Analysis (SC07), held in Reno, Nevada in November 10, 2007.
The SC07 Student Volunteer program objective was to have students assist during the week long conferences, which is the premier supercomputing conference. As part of the SC07 student volunteering crew, I had the chance to see first-hand the impact that high performance computing (HPC) is having in our daily life and is changing the way industry works. From car racing performance to the design of potato chips, the relevance of HPC is clear. I used to think that HPC was the future, but I realized that it is actually part of the present.

Spring 2008

Hipersys research group member.
As member of the Hipersys research group at UTEP, led by Dr. Pat Teller, I joined the project working on reviewing and understanding the new task manager merged into the 2.6.23 release of the Linux kernel, also known as Completely Fair Scheduler. Through this work I am gaining a better understanding of the OS structure along with valuable programming skills.

Summer 2008

AHPCRC Hybrid Cluster management.
Upon the arrival of a new hybrid cluster which will help advance the research projects conducted in collaboration with the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC), I will be in charge of creating a web site dedicated to the cluster to supply information about the cluster's hardware and software and also to facilitates its use.