Regina Mumbi: About me
Hi! My name is Mumbi.
This is my first blog post submission for this year’s PRACE Summer of HPC where you get to know me, my application experience and also get a sneak peek of what I will be working on in the next seven weeks.
İ am a 23 year old student , born and raised in Nairobi,Kenya. İ am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Computer engineering at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University in Turkey. My main motivation for applying for this year’s soHPC was my newly found interest in computer system architecture from a class İ took last semester.
How I got here
It all started when a friend sent me a Facebook post announcing this year’s summer of HPC applications were open. Before that time, I had never heard about PRACE , nor did I know a lot about high performance computing, but I had heard of Barcelona Supercomputing Center from Dan Brown’s “Origin”,one of my favorite books. This year,there were 33 amazing projects to choose from. I put in my application and waited…
My ordeal with the spam folder
One lazy afternoon ,a week before the results release,İ decided to check my junk email out of boredom and to my surprise, there were five follow-up emails from one of the soHPC coordinators. They were enquiries on my project choices and my reference letter submission. The deadlines to make changes to my application had already passed and even as I tried to salvage the situation by responding to the emails, I knew for sure that my chances of getting selected were close to nil.
İ was wrong.
On 1st of May, I woke up to an email informing me that I had been selected for my first choice project .İt felt so surreal.İ was ecstatic!
This summer, I will be working on the analysis of data management policies in HPC architectures together with my project partner Aneta İvanicova. This MEEP project, situated at Barcelona supercomputing center, involves assessing various data management policies that will allow faster data access and movement through the different levels of memory hierarchy (more about it here). We will be guided by our mentor Borja Perez. This past week ,İ have had the opportunity to virtually attend the rigorous training at İCHEC (İrish Center for High End Computing) where we covered various topics such as memory parallelization, interfacing C code with python and performance analysis on HPC systems . I look forward to sharing more with you on what I have learnt so far from the project as time goes by.
And that’s about it from me for post #1.Make sure to stick around for more blog posts detailing my progress in the coming weeks. Also, don’t hesitate to comment below with any questions or remarks that you may have about participating in soHPC or the application process.
Meanwhile, you might want to check your junk folder…