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​The PDC Center for High Performance Computing and the KTH School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) welcome you to our "Introduction to High Performance Computing" summer school. This course is part of the Swedish e-Science Education programme.​


Due to the ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's PDC Summer School has been postponed. More information can be found here .

PDC Summer School 2020


17-28 August 2020


KTH Royal Institue of Technology main campus , Stockholm

Photo of students at a lecture at a PDC summer school

Who can attend

Interested students and researchers (with academic or industrial/commercial backgrounds) from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply to attend the course.

For graduate students, the summer school is available as a KTH university course ( DD2358 ).

What you will learn

This course provides the skills needed to utilize high-performance computing (HPC) resources, and includes an introduction to a range of important topics, such as:

  • HPC programming languages, libraries and tools,
  • modern computer architectures,
  • parallel algorithms, and
  • optimizing serial and parallel programs.

Case studies in various scientific disciplines will be used to help illustrate these topics.

The course consists of both lectures and guided hands-on lab sessions.

Credit points for the course

Participants who enroll in the course as a KTH course and who successfully complete the course (including the associated programming project) will be awarded 7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points.


The course is suitable for researchers and graduate students who are interested in high-performance computing. Applicants must be able to communicate in English, and have previous programming experience. For more information, see the prerequisites .

How to apply

There are a limited number of places available in the summer school, so it is best to put your application in  early! Course applications open in early April, and close on 31 May 2020.


Some students will be able to attend the summer school free; for others there will be a fee. Details are available in the fee schedule on the application page .


If you need further information or help in relation to the PDC summer school, send email to: .

History of the PDC summer schools

2020 would have been the 25th year that the course had been held. Participants become part of the long tradition of the PDC Summer School, which you can read about in the course pages for all the previous years .

SeSE supports the PDC summer schools

SeSE logo

 The PDC Summer School receives considerable funding from SeSE, the Swedish e-Science Education.

The two leading e-science centres in Sweden, SeRC  and eSSENCE , have taken the initiative to establish a graduate school, SeSE, to fund, develop and offer basic training in fields where the use of e-science is emerging and where education can have an immense impact on the research, and also to provide advanced training for students in fields that are already computer-intensive.

The SeSE school is open to all graduate students in Sweden, and is built upon the previous successful schools NGSSC and KCSE. SeSE is a meeting place for graduate students using e-science tools and techniques.