Welcome to Computing at Baldwin Senior High School! My name is Mr. Garcia. I teach in the Math Department at good old BSHS. I'm here today to encourage you to take Computing Independent Study aka CIS.
CIS is an independent study class that meets every other Wednesday after school like a club. We build, test, maintain and program a Super Computer of our own design. Some have described this course as: "the care and feeding of a linux cluster!" We use openMPI, http://www.open-mpi.org, to link all the 50 cores in Room 429 as one massive computer or Linux Cluster. Several programming languages and environments are useful here: Fortran, C, C++, Java, Python, POV-Ray, Blender. What we do is a lot like PelicanHPC, http://www.pelicanhpc.org, and Bootable Cluster CD, http://www.bccd.net. BTW, all your work is stored online and we use an eText, so you don't even have to bring anything to class!
Also, the first thing you'll notice is that I don't do Windows, and neither does my maid! We are currently using the 64bit Ubuntu 11.04 Linux Desktop which is a rock solid, programmer friendly system designed with network security, multitasking, multiprocessing and multiuser support built-in from the ground up. Please see the video above and sign-up sheet below: