Grid Dynamics and Saratov State University Developing Curriculum Based on Sun Microsystems HPC Software

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Grid Dynamics, the global leader in scaling mission-critical systems, today announced it is working with Sun Microsystems and Saratov State University (SSU), to develop a new course of study in high-performance computing (HPC) at SSU, which is one of Russia’s oldest and most respected universities.

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The Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies is interested in working with leading IT companies to provide students with a hands-on learning experience that can prepare them for successful careers in their chosen fields

Grid Dynamics, the global leader in scaling mission-critical systems, today announced it is working with Sun Microsystems and Saratov State University (SSU), to develop a new course of study in high-performance computing (HPC) at SSU, which is one of Russia’s oldest and most respected universities.

SSU was founded in 1909 and currently has more than 28,000 students. SSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies recently collaborated with Grid Dynamics to establish the School of Programming Technology. Among the new courses being developed for this school is “Parallel and Distributed Computing.” The course will teach students how to use Sun HPC Software. This will be the first in a series of courses designed to provide students with practical knowledge for working in HPC environments.

Sun(TM) HPC Software, Developer Edition for OpenSolaris(TM), was created by Sun Microsystems to help developers rapidly build and optimize parallel applications. The software includes a full-featured development environment and a pre-configured grid with a virtual HPC cluster.

In today’s competitive global marketplace, institutions of higher education are teaching students more than just abstract theories and concepts. They are striving to provide students with the practical knowledge and expertise needed to add value for prospective employers immediately. The new course in Parallel and Distributed Computing is being developed to this end, and will help SSU students gain highly sought-after skills demanded by today’s employers.

Lectures for the course will begin in the second semester of the 2009-2010 school year. The course will focus on Sun(TM) Grid Engine (SGE), which is a component of Sun HPC Software. SGE is typically used in computer farms or HPC clusters, and manages the distributed work of large quantities of separate, parallel or interactive user tasks.

“The Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies is interested in working with leading IT companies to provide students with a hands-on learning experience that can prepare them for successful careers in their chosen fields,” said Antonina Fedorova, dean of SSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies, and a doctor of physical and mathematical sciences. “The Parallel and Distributed Computing course based on Sun HPC Software is a great first step. We hope to have a productive, long-term partnership with Sun and other leaders in the industry.”

About Grid Dynamics
Founded in 2006, Grid Dynamics is the global leader in scaling mission-critical systems. The company helps customers architect, design and deliver business systems that handle peak loads, scale on demand and always stay up. Grid Dynamics offers thought leadership and technical know-how to deliver results from design practices and methodology to application roll-out. Using the latest advancements in Grid and Cloud Computing technologies, our customers turn monolithic applications into scalable services; and static, underutilized server clusters into virtualized compute clouds. The results: Better performance, higher availability, faster time-to-market and lower operational costs. In 2009, Grid Dynamics merged with Mirantis, Inc.

About Mirantis, Inc.
Founded in 1998, Mirantis specializes in creating and managing long-term Centers of Excellence (CoE) for industry-leading companies. We help our clients solve strategic issues involving human capital by providing controllability and predictability of operations. Mirantis’ clients include leading Russian banks and top-tier western companies. Mirantis has offices in the USA, Moscow, Saratov, St. Petersburg, and Kharkov, Ukraine. In 2009 Mirantis merged with Grid Dynamics.

About SSU
Saratov University, one of the oldest Russian institutes of higher education, was founded in 1909. Over the past decade, SSU has become one of the largest institutes of higher education in Russia. Today the university provides courses at three levels of educational programs: mid-professional, higher professional, and post-graduate education. At the mid-professional level, courses are held for 22 disciplines, 88 disciplines at the higher professional level, three Master’s programs, eight Bachelor’s programs, and 10 programs of additional education. The university utilizes its widespread international contacts in order to implement in the region the most modern technology in the field of education as well as research for liberal arts and sciences.            

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