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Maximizing Computational Learning for Faculty and Student Scientists The Ranger Virtual Workshop S Mehringer N Woody A Dolgert S Lantz Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing CAC D Stanzione Texas Advanced Computing Center TACC Contact Susan Mehringer Cornell CAC at susan cac cornell edu Originally published in TeraGrid Conference Proceedings updated republished May 2011 1 INTRODUCTION The Ranger Virtual Workshop VW is a set of online learning modules designed to educate faculty and student scientists on how to effectively use the 579 teraflop Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center Developed by Cornell University the Virtual Workshop is not meant to replace live workshops but rather to complement them while increasing nationwide access to cyberinfrastructure education The Virtual Workshop is available at all times and requires no travel budget Participants may need just a portion of the material or may simply learn better from written materials that they can use at their own pace It also serves as a place where attendees at live workshops can go to review material that they did not completely understand during the necessarily short period of the live workshop The Ranger Virtual Workshop is available to all users via the TeraGrid User Portal It was funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure as part of the Ranger award on high performance computing on Ranger However given that the content ranges from introductory to advanced topics the content is appropriate for a much wider audience making the VW an excellent vehicle for broadening participation in computational science and engineering 3 TOPICS There are twenty one Virtual Workshop modules currently available with new modules being added regularly The completed modules are intended to be living documents that are updated as needed Usage data is recorded for published modules so that under utilized modules can be identified and to ensure that training effort



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