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PDC Summer School 2017

Stefano Markidis, CST

The latest PDC Summer School on “Introduction to High Performance Computing” took place from the 14th–25th of August 2017. The PDC Summer School provided students with a series of introductory lectures about computer architecture, parallel programming models (for shared and distributed memory systems, and for accelerators), and performance monitoring and analysis. The lectures were held in the mornings and were combined with hands-on exercises in the KTH computer labs during the afternoon sessions – during these the attendees ran parallel codes on both the Beskow and Tegner supercomputers at PDC. The lectures were given by experts in the parallel computing eld, including Prof. Erwin Laure (KTH), Prof. Erik Hägersten (Uppsala University), Prof. Christoph Kessler (Linköping University) and Dr. Pekka Manninen (CSC-IT Center for Science, Finland).

PDC Summer School 2017 group photo in the KTH courtyard

Fifty researchers and students, mainly from Sweden but also from other European countries (such as Spain and Denmark), participated in the PDC Summer School. The students were from both Masters and Ph.D. programmes in several elds, ranging from computer science to physics and electrical engineering to applied mathematics. This year’s PDC Summer School received excellent reviews from the attendees who highly recommended the course to their peers in the nal evaluation. Among the many positive comments were ones such as: “The courses are all well organized and the labs at afternoon are really helpful. The lab assistants are all very patient.”, and “Excellent course. Will recommend to peers.”.

Summer school lectures 2017

We are now preparing the PDC Summer School 2018 and any researchers (from academia or industry) who are interested in gaining a solid grounding in using high-performance computing for their research are warmly invited to attend. The school will be held in the last two weeks of August 2018, and further details will be available in Spring 2018.

Guided tours of the PDC computer hall & PDC Summer School picnic,
August 2017

Note: The photos of the 2017 PDC Summer School in this newsletter were taken by Sergio Rivas-Gómez from CST, KTH.