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Education

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.

Educating Students & Staff

We are available to teach 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 Lectures

We host “Lunch ‘n Learn Seminars” on current topics of interest and longer, more in-depth workshops when warranted. See events.

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 recently 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.


“What I learned about on-line technologies working as a student at the Center was pivotal in developing the skills I used to pioneer the first version of the Blackboard Learning System.”
Daniel Cane

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 is a partner in the NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Visit national resources to learn more about this partnership and how it benefits Cornell faculty and students whose research requires the most advanced supercomputers in the country.

CAC takes pride in representing Cornell in the national research computing community. Our director is Chair of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation which includes over 70 member institutions representing many of the nation’s most forward thinking universities and computing centers. 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.

Other leadership roles include hosting national workshops on sustainable funding and business models for academic cyberinfrastructure facilities and authoring the XSEDE Cloud Survey Report, a national report on cloud computing funded by the NSF.

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 Corporate Program, industry partners 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.