IAP 2022

Credit Subjects on Campus

12.091/12.S593 Practical High Performance Computing: Scaling Beyond your Laptop
Schedule: January 11, 13, 18, 20. 9am-12pm. 8-10 hours additional out of class time expected (1 hour/class of prep, 4-6 hours for project, presentation, and report)
Prerequisites: Working knowledge of one programming/scripting language. Laptop for hands-on exercises. Participants will get further instruction on how to access MIT Supercloud once registered for the class.
Units: 1
Location: 31-115
Description: The focus of this class is to introduce the role of High Performance Computing (HPC, aka supercomputing) in research. We will discuss the fields where HPC is used and provide concrete examples where we describe the strategies used to scale applications to hundreds of processors. Students will learn when to scale from their laptops to HPC, what challenges that introduces, and how to address those challenges with efficient HPC workflows. The MIT SuperCloud will be used for hands-on examples using C/C++, Julia, Matlab, and/or Python. We will also demonstrate applications using other computing resources on campus, such as the Satori and Engaging clusters. Students should bring a research problem/application that they would like to scale.

This is a blended course with asynchronous and live virtual components. Much of the lecture will be available before class in pre-recorded short videos and class time will be spent on hands-on activities and practice. We encourage everyone to present on their work. Students taking the class for MIT credit are required to complete a short report in addition to the presentation.
Instructors: Lauren Milechin, Julie Mullen, Chris Hill

Schedule: January 5—January 26, 2022
Units: 9
Description: Introduction to the methods of modern geological field study off-campus during an intensive two-week experience. Exercises include geological and geomorphological mapping on topographic and photographic base maps of a wide variety of bedrock and surficial rocks. Where feasible, geochemical and geophysical field measurements are correlated with geology. Location is usually in the western US. Contact department regarding travel fee and resources for funding opportunities. Satisfies 9 units of Institute Laboratory credit.
Instructor: O. Jagoutz

12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting
Schedule: Jan 18-21 & 24-28, 1:30-3pm
Location: 54-1623
Description: Basic principles of synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting. Analysis of hourly weather data and numerical weather prediction models. Regular preparation of weather forecasts.
Instructor: Jeff Scott

12.511 Geophysics Field Camp
Schedule: January 8—15, 2022
Description: We plan to conduct a field course during IAP 2022 in collaboration with the geology field course run by Oliver Jagoutz. The planned field location is Trona Pinnacles, CA. We intend to use the department vehicles and equipment staged in Las Vegas, NV, requiring air travel between Boston and Las Vegas and ground transport from Las Vegas to Trona Pinnacles (approximately a 4-hour drive). The entire trip, including all travel, will take place between January 8-15, 2022. This will include 5-7 days in the field and 1-2 days of travel in each direction. The precise timing and duration of the field component will be determined with Oliver Jagoutz before the end of September. While in the field, the students will collect several data sets using different techniques. These data will be focused on mapping the buried structure of the Searles Dry Lake basin and local faults. We will deploy seismometers, gravimeters, GNSS sensors, and drones. The latter will be assisted by qualified personnel at MIT Libraries. Students will receive instruction in the fundamentals and applications of all of these data collection methods as part of the preparatory seminar course (12.S595) given in Fall 2021. During a follow-up special seminar in Spring 2022, the students will analyze the data collected in the field and produce a report on their findings.
Instructors: B. Minchew, W. Frank

12.s597 Seminar on Teaching in Earth Science
Schedule: TTH 10-11am
Units: 1 [P/D/F]
Location: 54-915
Description: This course will introduce students to pedagogical concepts and strategies for effectively leading a classroom, designing a course, teaching equitably, giving feedback, and other subjects relevant to teaching Earth Science at the university level. By the end of the course, students will be able to discuss and reflect upon these aspects of effective teaching and identify ways to effectively apply them in an Earth Science classroom. Class meetings will center on discussions of pedagogical literature and its relevance and utility to participants’ roles as TAs or instructors, either presently or in the future. This course will cover much of the same information as the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program and other TLL offerings, but will additionally provide an EAPS-specific lens and space for discussion - students who have participated in these programs are encouraged to attend. The class is geared towards graduate students, but interested department members in other roles are welcome to participate.
Instructor: D. McGee