PRACE Summer School: Taking the most out of supercomputers

CA, (PresseBox) - PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe organizes a summer school on 29 August - 1 September 2011 in Espoo, Finland. The school will be hosted by CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. and co-organized together by CSC and PDC.

In this four-day event the participants will learn advanced parallel programming skills, which are necessary for taking the most out of the largest (Tier-0) supercomputers the PRACE Research Infrastructure is offering for European scientists and engineers.

The speaker list includes William Gropp (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), one of the key authors of MPI (Message Passing Interface) programming paradigm, who will talk about advanced features of the MPI; and Rolf Rabenseifner (HLRS), one of the most renown researchers of hybrid parallel programming models. In addition, the following topics will be covered: programming GPGPU clusters with CUDA+MPI, low-level single-core performance optimization as well as using Python programming language in supercomputing.

The largest supercomputers in Scandinavia, i.e. the brand new Cray XE6 system at PDC and CSC's Cray XT4/XT5 system Louhi will be in disposal of the participants.

Attendance is free for all academics affiliated to PRACE member countries. For further details and a registration form please see

More information: Pekka Manninen, CSC, email: pekka.manninen(at), tel. +358 50 381 9039.

About PRACE: The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international nonprofit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI) provides a persistent world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry. The PRACE leadership systems form the apex of the performance pyramid and are well integrated into the European HPC ecosystem. The preparation and implementation of the PRACE RI receive EC funding under grants RI-211528 and FP7-261557.

CSC Deutschland GmbH

CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. is a non-profit limited company administered by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Having core competences in modeling, computing and information services, CSC provides versatile IT services, support and resources for academia, research institutes, and companies. The Funet communication links provide research workers with Finland's widest selection of scientific software and databases and Finland's most powerful supercomputing environment.

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