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ICHEC delivers CUDA tutorials at XSEDE/PRACE/RIKEN Summer School in NYC

Posted on 13 August 2013

Hot on the heels of winning an HPC Wire Award for work carried out on NVIDIA GPUs, ICHEC was invited to deliver the CUDA tutorials at this year’s International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, held June 23-28, 2013, in New York City. The event was attended by 73 graduates and post-docs from all over Europe, the US and Japan.

The tutorial material was developed and delivered by Gilles Civario, senior Software Architect at ICHEC. It covered the basics of GPU computing and an introduction to the Thrust library.


Gilles Civario talking to participants at NYU
                                     Gilles Civario teaching CUDA at NYU  


The annual summer school is a highly prestigious event that is jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the European Union Seventh Framework Program's Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), and Japan’s RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS). The main organisers of the event this year were Scott Lathrop of the Shodor Education Foundation Inc. and NCSA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) on behalf of XSEDE, Hermann Lederer of RZG (Germany) and Simon Wong of ICHEC (Ireland) on behalf of PRACE and Mitsuhisa Sato of the RIKEN Advanced Institute of Computational Science (Japan).


Simon Wong (Front Row Left) and Scott Lathrop (Front Row Right) with the participants, presenters and staff of this year's summer school


From about 390 applications, 30 graduate students and post docs from Europe, 32 from the United States, and 11 from Japan were selected to participate in the one-week event at New York University in downtown Manhattan, New York City. Participants - more than 20 percent of them women - came from four continents (Asia, Europe, North America, Central and South America) and represented at least 27 nationalities.

About XSEDE: The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. The five-year project is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. For more information, see www.xsede.org.

About PRACE: The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The PRACE computer systems and their operations are funded by the governments of the representative organizations hosting the systems. The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements RI-261557, RI-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see www.prace-ri.eu.

About RIKEN AICS: RIKEN is one of Japan’s largest research organizations with institutes and centers in locations throughout Japan. The Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) strives to create an international center of excellence dedicated to generating world-leading results through the use of its world-class supercomputer ”K computer.” It serves as the core of the “innovative high-performance computer infrastructure” project promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. For more information, see www.aics.riken.jp/en/

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