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HPC Certificate

Certificate in High Performance Computing

Program Overview

In today’s job market, proficiency in numerical computation is a major asset. A student able to document skills in this area will have a significant edge when it comes to finding an interesting and rewarding position after graduation. The purpose of the Certificate in High Performance Computing is to recognize the expertise gained by UH students in the course of their studies with a specific annotation in their transcript.

Cost:

Each graduate level course has an associated graduate student fee/tuition. Please make sure you contact the HPC Certificate coordinator for details.

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12 + 3 = 15
Credit Hours Total

4 Graduate Level Courses

Each 3 credit hours = 12 credit hours. From accepted course list only.

2 approved Domain Specific Courses offered by student's department and from approved courses.

3 HPE DSI Short Courses

Each 1 credit hour equivalent = 3 credit hours. Offered by HPE DSI.

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HPC Certificate

1 CS course offered by the Department of Computer Science
COSC 6305 Introduction to Computer Science II
COSC 6308 Computer Architecture
COSC 6364 Advanced Numerical Analysis
COSC 6365 Introduction to High-Performance Computing
COSC 6376 Cloud Computing

 

1 Math course offered by Department of Mathematics
MATH 6366 Optimization and Variational Methods I
MATH 6367 Optimization and Variational Methods II
MATH 6370 Numerical Analysis I
MATH 6371 Numerical Analysis II
MATH 6373 Automatic Learning and Data Mining
MATH 6374 Numerical Partial Differential Equations
MATH 6376 Numerical Linear Algebra
MATH 6378 Basic Scientific Computing
MATH 7374 Finite Element Methods

Requirements

The certificate requires the student to take 4 graduate courses, to be chosen among already existing, 3-credit-hours regular courses offered by University of Houston departments, and 3 additional 1-credit-hour short courses chosen among those offered by the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute (HPE DSI). For each department, the courses that qualify for the certificate are listed under accepted courses.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at UH in order to qualify for application for the HPC Certificate program.

Application

Accepted Courses

The following is a list of accepted courses for the HPC Certificate.

 

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biology and Biochemistry. The courses listed below are required to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
BIOL 6224 Programming for Biologists
BIOL 6324 Bioinformatics

 

Chemistry. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
CHEM 6321 Quantum Chemistry
CHEM 6322 Statistical Thermodynamics
CHEM 7321 Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry
CHEM 7323 Statistical Mechanics in Chemistry

 

Computer Science. Four courses from the list that follows (or three courses from the list and one Mathematics course) can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
COSC 6339 Big Data Analytics
COSC 6364 Advanced Numerical Analysis
COSC 6365 Introduction to High-Performance Computing
COSC 6374 Parallel Computations
COSC 6376 Cloud Computing
COSC 6377 Computer Networks

 

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
GEOL 6325 Remote Sensing
GEOL 6335 Atmospheric Numerical Modeling

 

Mathematics. Three courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
MATH 6366 Optimization and Variational Methods I
MATH 6367 Optimization and Variational Methods II
MATH 6370 Numerical Analysis I
MATH 6371 Numerical Analysis II
MATH 6373 Automatic Learning & Data Mining
MATH 6374 Numerical Partial Differential Equations
MATH 6376 Numerical Linear Algebra
MATH 6378 Basic Scientific Computing
MATH 7374 Finite Element Methods

 

Physics. To fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements students must take the following two courses:
PHYS 6350 Computational Physics
PHYS 7350 Advanced Computational Physics

 

Cullen College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
BIOE 6300 Mathematical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
BIOE 6301 Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
BIOE 6342 Biomedical Signal Processing
BIOE 6346 Advanced Medical Imaging

 

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
CHEE 6332 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering II
CHEE 6365 Fundamentals of Catalysis
CHEE 6367 Advanced Process Control
CHEE 7350 Applied Nonlinear Methods for Engineers

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
CIVE 6380 Introduction to Geomatics/Geosensing
CIVE 7336 Finite Element Methods
CIVE 7338 Dynamics of Structures
CIVE 7342 Engineering Geographic Information Systems
CIVE 7380 GNSS/INS Augmented Systems for Positioning and Navigation

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
ECE 6313 Neural Networks
ECE 6328 CMOS Analog Integrated Circuits
ECE 6346 VLSI Design
ECE 6350 Numerical Methods in Electromagnetics
ECE 6351 Microwave Engineering
ECE 6355 Introduction to Well-Logging Techniques
ECE 6364 Digital Image Processing
ECE 6366 Physical Design of VLSI Circuits
ECE 6372 Advance Hardware Design
ECE 6376 Digital Pattern Recognition
ECE 6378 Power Systems Analysis

 

Industrial Engineering. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
INDE 7340 Integer Programming
INDE 7342 Nonlinear Optimization
INDE 7372 Tools and Methods for Optimization

 

Mechanical Engineering. Two courses from the list that follows can be used to fulfill the HPC Certificate requirements:
MECE 6397 Computational Modeling of Materials
MECE 6353 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
MECE 6357 Computational Fluid Dynamics II
MECE 6397 Design, Modeling and Optimization

 

Petroleum Engineering. In order to qualify for the HPC Certificate students must take the following course and, in addition, 1-2 courses from the list for the HPC certificate for the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
PETR 6302 Reservoir Engineering II

HPE DSI Courses

Prerequisite: Students must either take or pass a placement test for the course “Introduction to Cluster Computing: Linux, shell scripting, queuing systems, cluster architecture”. This course does not count towards the required 3 HPE DSI courses in the HPC Certificate Program.

Students are required to take and pass 3 skill-based, rather than academic, short courses (15 contact-hours each) offered by HPE DSI.

The following blocks are offered. Students are encouraged to pick one course from each block.

A) Scientific Programming Languages

  • Scientific Programming with C++
  • Scientific Programming with Python
  • Scientific Programming with R

B) Parallel Programming 

  • OpenMP Programming
  • MPI Programming
  • GPU Programming

C) Tools

  • Debugging and Performance Tuning: Gnu Debugger, Gnu Profiler, Intel Debugger, Intel Profiler
  • Machine Learning: data analytics, deep learning, predictive analytics
  • Scientific Visualization and Data Analysis: VisIt and Paraview

The courses are free. Students can register through our course management system.

Graduation

You can only graduate if you are still enrolled in a graduate program at UH and have fulfilled all requirements.

The procedures for graduation with the HPC Certicate are following graduation procedures in the College of Engineering. Students are responsible to follow those guidelines and the timelines outlined in the procedures. In order to graduate with the HPC Certificate you have to follow a couple of steps:

  1. Add the HPC Certificate as a concurrent degree: Fill in a graduate student petition (the form can be found on the Graduate School website), select point 3 and stating "Please add student to a new graduate career objective: Program: 035NG, Plan: HPCNGC". Submit it to the program coordinator (see contact information on the left). This should be done 1 month before you start your graduating semester (the last semester for your regular Masters or PhD degree) to avoid additional fees. 
  2. Apply for graduation as outlined in the official UH process
  3. Submit a Degree Plan: You need to fill in the form below which will collect information required to check whether you have taken all courses. This will be done towards the end of your graduating semester.

We will check your information, make sure all requirements are met and route your Degree Plan to the registrar office after you have finished all the courses. If you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact the program coordinator (see contact information on the left).

 

Contact Us

Our office is located in Suite 205 on the second floor of the
Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal Engineering Research Building.
 

Questions Regarding HPC Certificate?

Please contact:
Martin Huarte Espinosa
Phone: 713-743-6337
Email: mhuarteespinosa@uh.edu

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