Supercomputing in Plain English Seminar Series


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When & Where

Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), Spring 2013

Available live in person and live via videoconferencing

Tuesdays starting Jan 22 2013, 2:00pm Central Time

(4:00pm Atlantic, 3:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Mountain, 12:00noon Pacific)

Live in person: National Weather Center 1313

Live via FREE videoconferencing: details to be announced



SiPE is targeted at an audience of not just computer scientists but especially scientists and engineers, including a mixture of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff.

These workshops focus on fundamental issues of HPC as they relate to Computational and Data-enabled Science & Engineering, including:

* the storage hierarchy;

* instruction-level parallelism;

* high performance compilers;

* shared memory parallelism (e.g., OpenMP);

* distributed parallelism (e.g., MPI);

* HPC application types and parallel paradigms;

* multicore optimization;

* high throughput computing;

* GPGPU computing;

* scientific and I/O libraries;

* scientific visualization.

The key philosophy of the SiPE workshops is that an HPC-based code should be maintainable, extensible and, most especially, portable across platforms, and should be sufficiently flexible that it can adapt to, and adopt, emerging HPC paradigms.



* For the presentations:

-- at least one semester of programming experience in any of C, C++ or Fortran, recently.

* For the HPC exercises:

-- at least one semester of programming experience in any of C, C++ or Fortran, recently;

-- at least one semester of experience with any Unix-like operating system (could be Linux but doesn't have to be), recently (if someone doesn't have this, it's not a crisis, because the basics are covered in the first exercise).