Oak Ridge National Laboratory staff members developed Tiny Titan, which is substantially tinier than Titan in size and cost, designed to make it easier for students to understand how a supercomputer works.
Titan is the US’s most powerful supercomputer for open science, but to a young person, it may look like a room full of black towers. Tiny Titan is changing that view. In fact, it’s easy to explain Titan to scientists but translating Titan to a level middle and high school students can understand is really difficult and challenging. Kids learn much more if they are engaged and entertained. In an explanation of what is and what does a supercomputer children aren’t engaged because it’s not visual and interactive.
Tiny Titan visually teaches how multicore computing works. Each of the nine nodes includes a different colored light, and images on the connected monitor use the same colors to show what each processor is doing. The more colors that light up on the computers, the faster the program will run.
This is a great example of how to engage and educate young students in an interactive and exciting way.