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Call for Participation

PDC Summer School: Introduction to High Performance Computing
17-28 August 2020
Stockholm, Sweden


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 .


  • 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?

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 course is given in English and is open to researchers and Masters and PhD students, from anywhere in the world.

To find out more about our exciting summer school, visit the website for this year's summer school .

Background of PDC summer schools

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.

There are a limited number of spaces available on the course, so please apply early! 

Applications for this year's summer school open early in April and will close at the end of May.


The summer school classes will consist of about 35 hours of lectures and 35 hours of computer lab sessions covering topics such as:

  • parallel programming (MPI, OpenMP, GPU),
  • modern computer architectures,
  • parallel algorithms, 
  • efficient programming, and
  • HPC case studies.

The lectures, which are given by international experts, will be followed by hands-on sessions in the PDC computer lab – these will give participants the opportunity to obtain practical experience of the HPC topics covered in lectures.

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