September high-performance computing mini course will focus on MPI

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August 16, 2013

Purdue will host a workshop in September for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty looking to gain skills using MPI to leverage the power of cutting-edge computational resources, such as Purdue’s community clusters.

The two-day workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Discovery Learning Research Center, Room 221, at Purdue’s Discovery Park. Space is limited so participants should register soon. There is no cost to register. The National Science Foundation and ITaP are sponsoring the event.

Participants register with the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), in which Purdue is a partner. A free XSEDE account can be created on the XSEDE user portal at Once you have an account, you can register through the XSEDE portal.

The mini course is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to MPI programming. Participants should gain a working knowledge of how to write codes using MPI, the standard programming tool of scalable parallel computing. Purdue is one of six sites hosting the MPI workshop and the only site in Indiana.

The workshop is part of a series of high-performance computing training sessions to be held by XSEDE. ITaP plans to host others at Purdue in the future, says Verónica Vergara, a scientific applications analyst who coordinates training for ITaP Research Computing (RCAC).

The MPI workshop is delivered nationwide using high-definition video conferencing to allow students to interact in real time with course instructors from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center and to work in person with local colleagues and experts. At Purdue, staff from ITaP Research Computing (RCAC) will be on hand.

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Originally posted: August 16, 2013