Italy's first degree in Supercomputing Engineering at the Politecnico

The programme addresses the demand for new experts to deal with highly complex issues. "New skills and expertise are needed," comments Resta.

The first Italian Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) degree programme in High Performance Computing Engineering has been launched at the Politecnico di Milano. It is dedicated to high performance computing and its many applications in a number of scientific and technological domains.

The programme, which will start in autumn 2022 and will be taught in English, has a strong interdisciplinary approach, with the aim of training engineers with extensive knowledge of the main technologies and architectures for supercomputing, quantum computing and mathematical and statistical modelling of complex problems.

“Supercomputing, quantumcomputing, mathematical-statistical modelling of complex problems: contexts in which new professionals capable of tackling highly complex issues are increasingly in demand. The ability to process large amounts of data allows us to define new scenarios, run simulations, and develop new models, as is the case, for example, in the medical field. There are many areas where HPC can make a difference. Therefore, new skills and expertise are needed. The Politecnico di Milano is looking ahead and from next autumn will welcome students to the new Master of Science in High Performance Computing Engineering." 

comments the Rector, Ferruccio Resta.

The Politecnico's aim is to train multidisciplinary ’high performance computing engineers, who are completely new to the Italian scene, although some have been trained internationally but still lack the interdisciplinary skills essential for designing supercomputing applications.

With the launch of the new Laurea Magistrale in High Performance Computing Engineering, the Politecnico di Milano has risen to this challenge and aims to fill this gap by training professionals capable of combining the most advanced knowledge of computer engineering, including quantum computing, with the skills of applied mathematical, statistical and physical sciences to address and solve emerging complex problems. 

For this reason, the curriculum has been developed to create highly specialized individuals capable of tackling extremely complex practical problems, from energy sustainability to climatology, from genomics to medicine and pharmacology, from chemistry to finance, and from computational biomechanics to aerospace.

Supercomputing offers a decisive competitive advantage in developing new applications, thanks to powerful simulation tools and parallel computing on high-performance hardware, which makes it possible to dramatically accelerate the analysis of large amounts of data, as well as the execution of increasingly complex and sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms.

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