MSU Graduate Students Visit China's #1 Supercomputer

From left to right: Linyan Wang (NSCC-Wuxi), Xiaohui Duan (NSCC-Wuxi), Xiaoge Wang (iCER), Jasper Toscani Field (UC Merced), Maggie Kingsland (USF), Tyler Wilson (MSU), Monique Noel (MSU), Leo Pham (MSU) and Wenlai Zhao (NSCC-Wuxi)

ASSURE - Algorithms & Software for SUpercomputers with emerging aRchitEctures - offers U.S. graduate students advanced computational research experiences in an international setting. Graduate research fellows perform research on mutually beneficial large scale computing projects in the areas of climate and weather modeling, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and big data at The National Supercomputing Center in China at Wuxi, China (NSCC-Wuxi) and East China Normal University in Shanghai, China (ECNU).

NSCC-Wuxi is operated by Jiangsu Province, the city of Wuxi and Tsinghua University. The center hosts the one-of-a-kind Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer - currently China’s #1 supercomputer - and supports a wide range of high-performance computing research and development projects in multiple application domains[1]. Professor Xiao He’s group at the ECNU School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering specializes in computational chemistry research using quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. 

On June 9th the first cohort of 5 graduate students set out for NSCC-Wuxi and ENCU where they will collaborate with colleagues and/or learn how to use the new Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer for their research applications. This year’s participants hail from research groups at Michigan State University (MSU), University of California - Merced and the University of South Florida. The Summer internship lasts 10 weeks and includes travel, accommodation and a stipend. 

MSU faculty mentors participating this year include: Drs. Ned Jackson (Chemistry), Pang-Nin Tan (CSE) and  Lifeng Luo (Geography). U.S. faculty mentors receive a travel honorarium to support the development of collaborations with researcher partners in China.

During the program, students stay in regular contact with their U.S. research advisors and China-based research hosts - Dr. Haohuan Fu, the Associate Director of NSCC-Wuxi and Dr. Xiao He, Professor, ECNU School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering. Participants will blog about their experience living and working in China. Upon completion, students will give presentations at MSU about their experience and research. For more information about application requirements, visit:

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1827093.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.