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Cornell is a learning community that seeks to serve society by educating the leaders of tomorrow and extending the frontiers of knowledge. CAC staff engage in the education of Cornellians, the national research community, and industry.

CAC Research Computing Seminars & Webinars

Our research computing seminars and webinars are open to Cornell faculty, staff, and students. There are no fees. See events for upcoming seminars; previous events, such as our Computational Resources for Cornell Researchers seminar, are available on our YouTube channel.

Educating Students & Staff

Our staff delivers guest course lectures for a wide range of disciplines. For example, Senior Research Associate Steve Lantz delivered a lecture for CS5220 Applications of Parallel Computers.

We are also available to teach complete courses at Cornell and at other campuses in the region. Some of the courses that CAC staff have taught at Cornell are:

  • Introduction to High Performance Computing Tools and Concepts
  • Effective Use of High Performance Computing
  • Computational Methods for Nonlinear Systems
  • Introduction to Scripting in Python and Perl
  • Upper Atmospheric and Ionospheric Physics II
  • Relativity, Cosmology and Black Holes

If other academic institutions or industry would like our consulting staff to present a seminar or workshop at Cornell or your location, contact us. We can design a custom workshop to meet your needs, e.g., we delivered a cloud computing seminar to faculty and staff at NYU.

Engaging Students in Emerging Technologies

Undergraduate and graduate students employed by our Center learn about emerging technologies and apply them in challenging research projects.

More than 15 students have worked on Center projects in recent summers through the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Read about some of their experiences in learning how to use cloud systems effectively, modeling and data analysis, and configuring applications for the cloud.

CAC Technical Documentation and YouTube Channel

Our technical documentation and YouTube channel provide up-to-date information on how to use our resources.

Providing Online Professional Development to Students Around the World

CAC-developed eCornell certificates are currently available in:

Collaborating with Cornell Faculty

Founded by Physics Nobel Laureate Kenneth Wilson, the Center has a long history of working closely with Cornell faculty to enable research discoveries, education, and outreach. We continue that tradition today, collaborating with the Faculty of Computing and Information Science (CIS) and over 40 other Cornell departments and research centers. Our services help to keep Cornell faculty, students, and staff at the cutting edge of computation and data analysis.

Collaborating with the National Community

CAC takes pride in representing Cornell in the national research computing community. Our director is Vice Chair of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation and is on the steering committee of the Linux Clusters Institute. Our staff participate in computation and data management conferences sponsored by ACM, APS, EDUCAUSE, IEEE, Internet2, NYSCIO, and NSF where they speak, serve on panels, present posters, publish papers, and conduct educational workshops.

Collaborating with Industry

The Center hosts educational seminars in partnership with industry to keep Cornell faculty, staff, and students abreast of the latest computing technologies. Participants include Cisco, Dell, DataDirect Networks, Eucalyptus, Intel, Globus Online, Microsoft, and Red Hat.

Through our Partner Program, small businesses, corporations, universities and other institutions can develop more in-depth relationships with CAC that include other benefits such as product testing and feedback, conference presentations, custom Virtual Workshops, etc. Ocarina Networks, for example, partnered with CAC to stress test their data compression product and to receive suggestions for product improvements. Their hardware/software solution was a success and the company was subsequently acquired by Dell.