April 1 high-performance computing workshop will focus on OpenACC for tapping the power of accelerator hardware

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March 24, 2014
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Purdue will host a workshop in April for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty and staff looking to gain skills in working with OpenACC, an application programing interface designed for easier portability among different operating systems and processors and for taking advantage of accelerators to speed research computing jobs.

The one-day session will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 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 portal.xsede.org. Once you have an account, you can register through the XSEDE portal.

The workshop is intended to give researchers programming in C, C++ and Fortran a hands-on introduction to OpenACC programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenACC, which is designed for portability across operating systems, host processors and a wide range of accelerators, such as the Intel Xeon Phis on Purdue’s new Conte cluster supercomputer.

The workshop is part of a series of high-performance computing training sessions being held by XSEDE. ITaP plans to host others at Purdue in 2014, says Verónica Vergara, a scientific applications analyst who coordinates training for ITaP Research Computing (RCAC).

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

For more information, email rcac-help@purdue.edu.

Originally posted: March 24, 2014