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PDC Summer School 2020: Introduction to High Performance Computing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential restrictions regarding travelling and assemblies in the summer, the PDC Summer School for 2020 has been postponed till 2021. Information about the 2021 summer school will be available on the PDC website in spring 2021.

Time: Mon 2020-08-17 08.00 - Fri 2020-08-28 15.00

Location: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm



The 2020 PDC Summer School has been postponed till 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Are you interested in using one of Europe’s faster supercomputers (and getting university credit points for doing so)?
  • Would you like to learn how to write programs for parallel supercomputers, such as a Cray or a cluster of Graphics Processing Units?
  • Do you need to optimize already-existing scientific program code for high performance computing (HPC)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, or if you want to learn the basics about high performance parallel computing, the PDC Center for High Performance Computing, in conjunction with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, invites you to our summer school: "Introduction to High Performance Computing". The course will be held in Stockholm at the KTH main campus from 17-28 August 2020. The summer school is given in English and is open to researchers (from academia or industry) and Masters and PhD students from anywhere in the world.

To find out more about our exciting summer school, visit the school's web page at: .


The PDC Summer School in High Performance Computing has been held at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm each summer since 1996 to help researchers to improve their scientific computing skills. This year will be the twenty-fifth year that the course has run.

During two intensive summer weeks at the KTH campus, summer school participants are introduced to programming supercomputers, and also learn how to improve programs for parallel scientific applications so that they run more efficiently.

Participants who successfully complete the course (including the associated programming project) will be awarded 7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Note that 1.5 ECTS credits are equivalent to a workload of one 40-hour week, so the whole course is equivalent to five full-time weeks of study including project work. Participants are encouraged to bring their own problems or programs for discussion – where possible, these may be used as the basis of the course project. During the summer school, participants will be given access to PDC's Cray XC40 system, Beskow, which is one of the fastest supercomputers in the Nordic countries.


You can apply to attend this year's school here . Note that there are a limited number of spaces available on the course, so please apply early! Applications for the 2020 summer school open in early April and close on the 31st of May 2020.