March high-performance computing mini course will focus on MPI

March 4, 2015  11:00am – March 5, 2015  4:30pm
Envision Center, STEW B001

Purdue will host a workshop in March for faculty, staff and students looking to gain skills using MPI to leverage the power of cutting-edge computational resources, such as Purdue’s community cluster supercomputers.

The two-day workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4 and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 5 in the Envision Center, Stewart Center, Room B001, which is located off the tunnel between the Stewart Center and the Purdue Memorial Union. 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, which includes hands-on lab sessions, is designed to give C and Fortran programmers an 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 14 sites nationally hosting the MPI workshop and the only site in Indiana.

The workshop is part of a series of high-performance computing training sessions ITaP is sponsoring at Purdue through XSEDE, says Stephen Harrell, a senior high-performance computing system administrator 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 National Center for Supercomputing Applications 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: February 16, 2015  11:01am