Project HiSchool DiSCo
(High School Distributed
In order for the U.S. to maintain its pre-eminent role in science,
it is crucial that we begin, at an early age, to introduce our future scientists
and engineers to the concept of computational science.
To accomplish this goal, we put forward the project HiSchool DiSCo: High
School Distributed Scientific Computing. The idea is to set up a network
of Linux and Windows-powered computers at the participating high schools.
These computers would be used for the dual purposes of teaching high school
students the basics of Linux/Windows administration and scientific computational
methods and as a commodity cluster for high energy physics computations
running FORM with enabled Message
Passing Interface (MPI) or using BOINC software, fully utilizing the potential
Even though these computing clusters will be initially used for the symbolic
computations of quantities needed for theoretical interperetation of experiments
performed at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL)
or at CERN (LHC), this "mini-grid"
is easily scalable. With more schools involved in the project, other computational
projects could utilize this network, including projects in chemistry and
biology, thus having a broader impact on the way scientific computing
A complete description of the project is available here.
This project is done in collaboration with WSU Department of Computer Science
[letter of support].
The main support for this project is provided by National Science Foundation
program support of Prof. Alexey A Petrov.
Schools in Metro Detroit Area interested in joining:
Murray Wright High School (Detroit) [letter of
support] [letter of support]
International Academy (Bloomfield Hills) [letter
Southfield Senior High School (Southfield) [letter of support]
WoodhavenHigh School (Brownstown)[support
Mumford High School (Detroit) [support e-mail]
Oakland Christian School
Utica Center for
Mathematics Science and Technology
(Sterling Heights) [support e-mail]
Taylor University (Upland, Indiana) [letter of
If you are interested in participating or would like to offer your support for
this program, plese contact the Principal Investigator,
Alexey A Petrov [web cite]
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48201
Program support is provided by National Science Foundation.