The HPC Asia 2009 keynote speech, given by Dr. Peter Arzberger, gives us deep understanding into Dr. Arzberger’s vision for the successful integration of HPC with cross-cultural and international collaboration. He also describes the beginnings of the PRAGMA institute he started several years and currently chairs along with its organizational structure. Dr. Arzberger’s goes on to give us his insight into how to better educate students of science so that they will be better prepared to do research in the global science community.
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Part 8: Conclusions
A couple of final points. We also do training and the NCHC has done a lot of work to reach out, and in particular in Southeast Asia, to involve people to do HPC. And they also have conceived of a Center of Excellence that I think is a very exciting idea where you co-locate people to study in Taiwan various aspects of environmental change but also have a place for students to come, for post docs to come, and really synthesize the data. This is a very exciting model and I hope it takes place.
So, my final thoughts are that, as I look forward to where we’re going, I really hope that we can begin and that I can help do some of this but I require a lot of help from others, to really change the way that we do the education. I think of this more broadly in terms of how we develop our students and how we introduce them to team research. I think there are several principles that I’d want to follow, one of which is that students need to be aware of the benefit to society. This is a quote from the University of Wisconsin more than a century ago that said, and the last one is that, “There should not be a boundary between our university and its impact on the citizens in that state.” And I think that is something that we should be thinking about too. And that this beneficial influence is absolutely essential to the advancement of our universities.
Secondly, we need to have internationally competent people. “What nations don’t know will hurt them.” We can’t hide from that any more. I think that communication with the public is something we don’t do at all well with students. And future funding will depend on our ability to articulate what it is. As I like to say, if you can’t tell Grandma what you’re doing, then there’s a problem because Grandma votes and she’s the one that’s going to help ensure that we get funding for the sciences. And finally, “If you keep the earth in mind.” Here’s a statement from Dave Orr. This made me really think a lot about trying to put what we do in the context of the larger landscape. To try to articulate what your expertise is and for what and for whom it is important. And to be able to explain this in the broader context, and in particular the earth, because we only have one earth and we need to think about what it is that we do and how that will impact the earth.
When I started this talk, I didn’t think that I would be talking about education. It is a very natural migration from how do we benefit society, what are the technologies, what are the trends? But to perpetuate that, we need to think about education because ultimately that is a feedback by how we educate that will benefit society. And so I would say a challenge for HPC Asia as a conference is really to identify and award those that come up with the most innovative uses and have the biggest impact. I think that would be a very interesting challenge.
And for my final three slides, I want to mention that our next PRAGMA meeting is just a few weeks away in Deajeon, Korea. Next I want to acknowledge the many people who have made this talk possible today and I would like to thank them. I can’t begin to name them all. But many of them come from the PRAGMA family and the GLEON family. But I especially want to give thanks to the people here in Taiwan. The National Science Council, the National Applied Research Laboratories, the NCHC for their ongoing, consistent support throughout. Thank you very much.