Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE) Seminar Series

Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), Spring 2015

Available live in person and live via videoconferencing

Tuesdays starting Jan 20 2015, 1:30pm Central Time (3:30pm Atlantic, 2:30pm Eastern, 12:30pm Mountain, 11:30am Pacific)

Live in person: Stephenson Research & Technology Center boardroom, University of Oklahoma, Norman campus

Live via videoconferencing: details to be announced

Registration is open!
(You only need to register once for the whole semester, not for every week.)

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So far, the SiPE workshops have reached

  • over 1500 people at
  • 248 institutions, agencies, companies and organizations in
  • 47 US states and territories and 10 other countries
  • 178 academic institutions
  • 29 government agencies
  • 26 private companies
  • 15 not-for-profit organizations

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

These workshops focus on fundamental issues of High Performance Computing (HPC) as they relate to Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E), including:

  • overview of HPC;
  • 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;
  • accelerator computing (e.g., GPUs);
  • 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 adaptto, and adopt, emerging HPC paradigms.


1 semester of programming experience and/or coursework in any of Fortan, C, C++ or Java, recently