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GPU Hackathon at BNL

Applications Open for GPU Hackathon at BNL, September 23-27, 2019 

Brookhaven National Laboratory will host its 3rd GPU Hackathon on September 23-27, 2019. The Hackathon will bring together domain scientists, computational scientists, tools developers and hardware vendors to accelerate scientific codes on GPUs through the 5-day intensive hands-on training. All programming models/paradigms are welcome!

Team applications are being accepted until June 30, 2019. For more details, go to

OpenMP Brookathon 2019 at BNL

The Computational Science Initiative at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is organizing, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and IBM, the “OpenMP Brookathon 2019”, on April 29–May 2, 2019. 

The goal of this hackathon is to port, optimize and evolve applications towards the latest OpenMP versions (4.5+). This event will be co-organized with ORNL and IBM. In practical terms, this event will enable application teams and developers to accelerate their code with the use of GPUs, as well as exploiting the latest OpenMP functionality to program (IBM Power9) multi-core platforms.

Programming experience with OpenMP 4.5 offload or CUDA is not a requirement. We will hold training events / tutorials covering the set of background topics required. In the weeks preceding the hackathon, you will have a chance to attend training to prepare you for the event. Prior GPU experience is not required!

We are already accepting team applications. We will also have IBM engineers and architects on-site, and a number of OpenMP compiler, runtime and application experts from other national labs and universities (including people from Rice University HPCToolkit).

Deadline for application is April 5, 2019. Please check out  for more details.

Contact Martin Kong ( if you have any questions.

NERSC-Hosted Performance Portability with Kokkos Bootcamp

NERSC is hosting a Kokkos training event organized by the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) on March 26-29, 2019 in Oakland. The training will cover the minimum required topics to get your application started on using Kokkos. Kokkos experts will be on hand to help beginning and more advanced users.

Kokkos is a programming model and library for writing peformance-portable code in C++. The abstractions for on-node parallel execution and data layout in Kokkos are mapped at compile time to fit a device architecture for best performance. Kokkos could be a valuable tool for creating codes that will run efficiently on Perlmutter and other architectures.

For more information and to register please see

Accepting Applications for ATPESC 2019

The call for applications for the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) is now open. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2019. This year’s program will be held July 28-August 9, 2019. Doctoral students, postdocs, and scientists interested in conducting computational science and engineering research on large-scale computers are encouraged to apply. Application instructions can be found at:

NERSC New User Training January 25, 2019

Registration for the NERSC New User Training that will be held on January 25, 2019 is now open.

The purpose of the training is to provide users new to NERSC with the basics on our computational systems; accounts and allocations; programming environment, tools, and best practices; and data ecosystem.

The training will be presented online using Zoom technology and in person at LBL’s Shyh Wang Hall (Building 59, CRT) in Room 4102.

Please see for the agenda and to register.


On February 11-13, 2019, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) will host a Summit Training Workshop on-site at ORNL. This event is meant to help new Summit users (or those intending to use Summit) get up and running on the system. Each day will consist of presentations in the morning followed by hands-on sessions in the afternoons. The presentations are meant to deliver relevant information about the system, while the hands-on sessions are intended to help participants get their own codes running on Summit.

OLCF staff and our vendor partners will be available to help during the hands-on sessions. If you would like more information, or to register, please visit the event page at


The 2019 Call for Proposals for the ALCC program will open in early January.  The ALCC program is open to scientists from the research community in industry, academia, and national laboratories, the ALCC program allocates a portion of the computational resources at the OLCF for special situations of interest to the Department’s energy mission, with an emphasis on high-risk, high-payoff simulations.  Proposals are due by

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

For more information or to submit a proposal, please visit

ATPESC 2018 Videos Now Available

Looking for pointers on performance tools and debuggers for supercomputers? How about best practices in HPC software development?

Check out the 60+ lecture videos from the 2018 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC). Topics include hardware architectures; programming models and languages; data-intensive computing and I/O; numerical algorithms and software for extreme-scale science; performance tools and debuggers; software productivity; and visualization and data analysis.

The videos are now available on YouTube:

You can find the 2018 agenda and presentation slides on the ATPESC website:

Grace Hopper Postdoctoral Fellowship at NERSC

Upcoming and recent PhD graduates are encouraged to apply for the Distinguished Admiral Grace Hopper Postdoctoral Fellowship at NERSC. This prize fellowship is part of the NERSC Exascale Science Application Program program, optimizing scientific applications for high performance on supercomputers at NERSC.

Applicants should propose an application optimization research project, targeting one of two systems:

 – Cori, the Intel Xeon Phi-based system currently in production at NERSC

 – Perlmutter, the upcoming heterogeneous CPU/GPU system arriving in 2020

The Fellow will receive a highly competitive salary, relocation assistance (if applicable), excellent benefits, frequent opportunities to travel, and an opportunity to work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about the Distinguished Admiral Grace Hopper Postdoctoral Fellowship, please follow this link:

To view the Fellowship description on the Berkeley Lab careers page, please follow this link:


The 2018 Smoky Mountains Computational Sciences and Engineering Conference (SMC18) is currently accepting teams to participate in its 2nd Annual Data Challenge. This contest is open to 
students, faculty, and industry professionals who are interested in performing novel analysis on real scientific data sets. Teams of one to four people may participate. 

ORNL data sponsors will provide teams with actual scientific data sets to explore 3 to 5 related challenge questions. The challenge questions for each data set will cover multiple difficulty levels, with the first question in each challenge being suitable for a novice, and each question thereafter increasing in difficultly, 
with the series of questions ending with an advanced/expert level challenge question. The top teams will be invited to attend SMC18 in Gatlinburg, TN, where they will present their work and the winner will be crowned. Registration is open until June 22 and the competition ends July 31 (submissions are due by 5:00 PM Eastern on July 31).

The Data Challenge is intended to draw scientists and researchers who may be at the beginning stages of incorporating data analytics into their workflow, to data analytics experts who are interested in applying novel techniques to data sets of national importance.

To register, or for more information, visit the Data Challenge 
website at