Learn the basics of cluster engineering and system installation
Students working on a supercomputer


Please consider helping us improve by answering our 3 question survey.

HPC Cluster Engineer Academy

The 2019 HPC Cluster Engineer Academy will begin in June and run for 9 weeks. Applications are due Thursday, February 1.

HPC Cluster Engineer Academy is a 9-week paid internship that will give you direct experience with running and maintaining high performance computing (HPC) systems.

Livermore Computing invites you to apply to our HPC Cluster Engineer Academy for next summer. Although it doesn’t get much attention in traditional academic coursework, cluster engineering is a main focus of HPC centers around the world. For every software developer or computational scientist who enjoys a fast, reliable, and up-to-date computer system, there’s a cluster engineer who maintains it. As an HPC Academy intern, you’ll learn the basics of cluster engineering and system installation under the guidance of our experts. This internship provides practical, real-world application of knowledge no HPC center—like LLNL—can live without.

A cluster is a system of interconnected computers called nodes. They are connected through a high speed network and generally use the same hardware and operating system. Clusters enable computer scientists to run their code more quickly than on a single computer—the more nodes in the cluster, the higher the computing capacity. A cluster with thousands of processing nodes is a supercomputer, like the systems we operate at LLNL. We are home to some the world’s fastest supercomputers inlcuding Sequoia and Sierra (below).


Jean Shuler
HPC Cluster Engineer Academy leader
(925) 423-1909

Students Speak

It was very interesting to see how to configure a cluster and how complex the process was.

We were able to go through a day in a packet life!