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: