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Computer System, Cluster and Networking Summer Institute

An innovative and proactive approach to realizing exciting career possibilities at LANL.


  • Program Lead
  • Catherine Hinton
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  • Program Lead
  • Reid Priedhorsky
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Nicole Aguilar Garcia
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The Computer System, Cluster and Networking Summer Institute (CSCNSI) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a focused technical enrichment program for students currently engaged in computer science, computer engineering, or a similar major. CSCNSI program includes classroom, laboratory and professional development components. You will obtain a thorough introduction of the techniques and practices of cluster computing.  The CSCNSI is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in setting up, configuring, administering, testing, monitoring, and scheduling of computer systems, supercomputer clusters, and complex computer networks.

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Technical Broadening

The CSCNSI exposes students to a variety of key HPC (High Performance Computing)-related topics, technologies, and problems of interest  through execution of a technical research project, as well as participation in lectures, seminars, and  facility tours, including a full facility and machine room tour of the HPC Supercomputing Center at  Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Duration and Location

CSCNSI is a paid 10-week intense research internship held at the Los Alamos Research Park in Los Alamos, New Mexico. May 28 thru August 2, 2019.  Los Alamos provides the perfect mountain setting and warm weather for a summer full of hiking, biking, rock climbing and social activities while gaining job experience.


An instructor will conduct lectures during the building of the clusters and supervise machine room activities.  In addition, Laboratory staff will provide guest lectures on a diverse set of research topics, plus mentor students to complete real-world HPC projects.