A big smile from 2010 participants:

PUMPS Summer School, July 5-9, 2010

The Programming and Tuning Massively Parallel Systems Summer School (PUMPS) is aimed at enriching the skills of researchers, graduate students and teachers with cutting-edge technique and hands-on experience in developing applications for many-core processors with massively parallel computing resources like GPU accelerators.

  • Location: Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

The summer school is organized into three main tracks according to the attendees' knowledge, expertise and interest levels. Participants should start at the appropriate entry level, and later optionally join other tracks in order to cover more advanced topics, multiple programming languages, specific numerical methods and evaluation tools.

  • Tracks:
    • Beginners Track: The Beginners Track is an introduction to CUDA, OpenCL and OpenMP with labs/examples of increasing complexity, and case studies. Attendees may then join the Advanced Track and/or Programming Models sessions.
    • Teachers Track: The Teachers Track includes special sessions on programming with GPUs for current and future teachers, and labs with educational material examples. Attendees may then join the Advanced Track and/or Programming Models sessions.
    • Advanced Track: The Advanced Track focuses on optimizations and tuning of scientific and engineering applications with specific sessions for Numerical Methods and Performance Evaluation Tools, and Programming Models for supercomputing.
  • Summer School Co-Directors: Mateo Valero (BSC and UPC) and Wen-mei Hwu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Local Organizer: Nacho Navarro (BSC and UPC)
  • Organized by:
    • Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (University of Illinois)
    • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)
    • HiPEAC Network of Excellence (HiPEAC)
    • Distinguished Teachers: Wen-mei Hwu (Sanders III-Advanced Micro Devices Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and David Kirk (NVIDIA Fellow, former chief science officer, NVIDIA Corporation )
    • BSC and UPC: Rosa Badia, Jesus Labarta, Xavier Martorell, JoseMaria Cela, Alex Duran.
    • Universitat Jaume I: Enrique S. Quintana-Ortí
    • Universitat Pompeu Fabra: Gianni De Fabritiis
    • Northeastern University: David R. Kaeli
    • Teaching Assistants: John Stratton, Isaac Gelado, Javier Cabezas


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  • Instructors Wen-mei Hwu (University of Illinois) and David B. Kirk (NVIDIA), co-authors of “Programming Massively Parallel Processors, A Hands-on Approach”, will provide students with knowledge and hands-on experience in developing applications software for many-core processors, such as general purpose graphics processing units (GPUs).
  • Prerequisites for the course are: C, C++, Java, or equivalent programming knowledge. Some knowledge of parallel programming will be helpful. An optional tutorial on GPU architecture will be offered on the first day of the summer school.
  • By the end of the summer school, participants will:
    • Understand algorithm styles that are suitable for accelerators.
    • Understand the most important architectural performance considerations for developing applications.
    • Be exposed to computational thinking skills for accelerating applications in science and engineering.
    • Engage computing accelerators on science and engineering breakthroughs.
  • Participating students will have access to a multinode cluster of GPUs, and will learn to use CUDA and OpenCL to write programs for the cluster.
  • Participants are expected to bring their own laptops to access the servers with GPU accelerators.
  • The afternoon lab sessions will provide hands-on experience with various languages and tools covered in the lectures and will comprise a brief introduction to the programming assignments, followed by independent work periods. Teaching assistants will be available in person and on the web to help with assignments.
  • Dates:
    • Applications due: May 20
    • Notification of acceptance: June 1
    • Summer school: July 5-9, 2010
  • Location: BSC/UPC, Campus Diagonal Nord, Building C6 (Computer Architecture Department), Barcelona, Spain
  • Programming Languages Covered: CUDA, OpenCL, OpenMP, StarSs
  • Hands-on Labs: Afternoon labs with teacher assistants for each audience/level
  • Registration Fee: A nominal 100 Euro fee for academic participants (700 Euro fee for non-academic ones) to cover marginal expenses including meals. Some registration grants for students are available from our organizers and sponsors.
  • Application: Please apply to the summer school by submitting the application form
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