Joint HP-SEE, LinkSCEEM-2 and PRACE HPC Summer Training

from to (Europe/Athens)
at Center of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE Academy), Athens, Greece

The Joint HPC training organized by HP-SEE, LinkSCEEM-2 and PRACE, will gather scientists from the wide spectrum of fields this July in Athens, Greece.

The training  aims to enhance the knowledge of current HPC users, and to engage new user communities in the use of HPC infrastructure. It will take place from 13th to 15th of July 2011 at the training Center of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE Academy) in Athens, Greece.

The content consists of lectures and hands-on sessions in the field of HPC usage for multi-disciplinary scientific research communities with the focus on parallel programming methods, performance analysis tools and code optimization. The lectures will be given by accredited PRACE, HP-SEE and LinkSCEEM trainers and experts in the HPC field.


Registration is open until 01 June 2011.

The registration form is available here.

Important Note: Participants affiliated to the LinkSceem2 project must register via the dedicated registration form available here.

It is recommended that participants bring their own laptops for the hands-on sessions since training facilities does not provide PCs. Participants are also encouraged to work in teams of two.

The school can host up to 60 participants. Selection of participants will be based on their qualifications as declared in the registration form while extra care will be given so that participants from the regions of South Eastern Europe and Mediterranean countries that organise the school have the opportunity to attend the school.

Notification of acceptance to the training will be given to students no later than the 10th of June 2011.


The training programme is under development by the event's programme committee.

The main subjects to be covered in the training sessions are advanced modules in:

  • MPI, OpenMP, Hybrid Programming
  • CUDA Programming
  • Profiling
  • Optimization and Benchmarking

Logistics and Details

The Joint HP-SEE, LinkSCEEM-2 and PRACE training will take place at OTE Academy, the training Center of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization.

OTE Academy
Pelika & Spartis 1, 15125 Marousi (Psalidi area)
Tel: +30 210 6114430 - Fax: +30 210 6114420

Go to day
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    • 09:15 - 13:00 LinkSCEEM-2 session
      open to all parties
      • 09:15 Welcome address 30'
        High-Performance Computing: Regional Developments and Future Opportunities
        Professor Dimitris Drikakis is the Founding Director of the Computation-based
        Science and Technology Research Centre (CaSToRC) of The Cyprus Institute,
        which is being developed in close partnership with the USA National Center for
        Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at
        Urbana-Champaign. He has also been Professor of Fluid Mechanics and
        Computational Science and Head of Department at Cranfield University (UK) and
        Professor of Fluid Mechanics at Queen Mary College, University of London, UK
        (1999-2003). His expertise in computational science and engineering covers a
        broad range of applications in the fields of fluid dynamics, materials and
        heat transfer. In 2008, he was awarded the William Penney Fellowship by AWE
        (United Kingdom) for his contributions to compressible fluid dynamics and
        scientific computing.
        Professor Drikakis has served on several international scientific committees;
        is an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, the Journal
        of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, and The Aeronautical Journal; a
        member of the Fluid Dynamics Committee of the American Institute of
        Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); and a Chairman of the International
        Workshop on the Physics of Compressible Turbulent Mixing; a Fellow of the
        Institute of Nanotechnology; and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. 
        Speaker: Prof. Dimitris Drikakis
      • 09:45 LinkSCEEM-II project presentation 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Alan O'Cais
        Material: Slides pdf file}
      • 10:15 HPC user support within LinkSCEEM-2 project 15'
        Speaker: Fotis Georgatos
        Material: Slides pdf file}
      • 10:30 Biblioteca Alexandrina HPC site 15'
        Speaker: Mohamed Adel
        Material: Slides pdf file}
      • 10:45 Coffee break 15'
      • 11:00 Presentations of users & activities 1h0'
        Speaker: all hands
        • Solving linear systems with multiple right-hand sides: Kernel for scientific computing and parallel computing challenges 15'
          Speaker: Vasilis Kalantzis
          Material: Slides pdf file}
        • Modelling Particle Shape in Distinct Element Method 15'
          Speaker: Feras Fraige
        • Research Areas in Helwan University in Egypt Looking for HPC 15'
          Speaker: Prof. Ahmed Sharaf Eldin
          Material: Slides powerpoint file}
        • Discussion 15'
      • 12:00 Lunch break 1h0'
    • 13:00 - 13:15 Opening, Logistics and Programme
      Convener: Mr. Ioannis Liabotis (GRNET)
    • 13:15 - 14:15 Message Passing Interface (MPI)
      Mr. Paschalis Korosoglou is coordinating the User and Application support activities at the Scientific Computing Center of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Mr. Korosoglou has had several years of experience on parallel programming using the MPI protocol and the OpenMP API. Within the PRACE and PRACE-1IP projects he has contributed to the scaling and benchmarking of several scientific applications on the Jugene, Huygens, Juropa and CEA Bull supercomputing platforms. He has participated in several major national and European FP6 and FP7 ICT projects such as HellasGrid, HellasHPC, EGEE (phases 2 and 3), SEE-GRID-II, SEE-GRID-SCI, EUChinaGrid, EGI-InSPIRE, PRACE and PRACE-1IP.
      Convener: Mr. Paschalis Korosoglou (AUTH)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file}
    • 14:15 - 15:15 Shared Memory Parallelism (OpenMP)
      Convener: Mr. Paschalis Korosoglou (AUTH)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file}
    • 15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
    • 15:45 - 16:45 Hybrid (MPI + OpenMP) programming
      Dr. Antun Balaz is an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Physics Belgrade. His research interests are related to the functional formalism in quantum theory and its application to studies of ultra-cold quantum gases, including the phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation and effects of interaction and disorder. In his research, he makes extensive use of numerical methods such as Path Integral Monte Carlo and exact diagonalization. Dr. Antun Balaz is technical coordinator of Academic and Educational Grid Initiative of Serbia (AEGIS), and technical director-designate of the Blue Danube National Supercomputing Center. Dr. Balaz was Grid operations leader in SEE-GRID-2 and SEE-GRID-SCI projects, and currently coordinates Serbian participation in EGI and PRACE initiatives. 
      Convener: Mr. Antun Balaz (IPB)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file} pdf file}
    • 16:45 - 17:15 Evaluation and Benchmarking of highly scalable parallel numerical libraries
      Dr. Christos Theodosiou is a member of the Scientific Computing Center of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2009. Dr. Theodosiou has had several years of experience on numerical analysis calculations, numerical libraries and parallel programming using the MPI library. His Ph.d. thesis resides on the field of computational structural mechanics. He has participated in several FP6 and FP7 projects such as HellasGrid, HellasHPC, EGEE3, SEE-GRID, EGI-InSPIRE, PRACE and PRACE-1IP.
      Convener: Mr. Christos Theodosiou (AUTH)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file}
    • 17:15 - 18:00 Introduction to the IBM Blue Gene
      Emanouil Atanassov is Assoc. Prof. at Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Ph.D. thesis: “Monte Carlo and quasi-Monte Carlo methods for numerical integration with improved rate of convergence”. Interests include Parallel algorithms, High Performance Computing, Grid Computing, Monte Carlo methods. Special prize in the International Mathematical Olympiad, Canberra, Australia, 1988. 
      Convener: Mr. Emanouil Atanassov (IICT)
      Material: Slides pdf filedown arrow
    • 18:00 - 18:15 Day 1 Closing Remarks
  • Thursday, July 14, 2011
    • 08:30 - 10:30 Hybrid (MPI + OpenMP) programming
      Hands On
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    • 10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
    • 11:00 - 12:00 Hybrid (MPI + OpenMP) programming
      Hands On
    • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
    • 13:00 - 15:00 CUDA Programming
      Massimo Bernaschi has been 10 years with IBM working in the field of parallel
      and distributed computing. Currently he is with the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) as Chief Technology Officer of the Institute for Computing Applications. He is also an adjunct professor of Computer Science in "La Sapienza" University in Rome.
      Convener: Mr. Massimo Bernaschi (CNR)
      Material: Slides pdf file}
    • 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
    • 15:30 - 18:00 CUDA Programming
      Hands On
      Convener: Mr. Massimo Bernaschi (CNR)
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    • 18:00 - 18:15 Day 2 Closing Remarks
  • Friday, July 15, 2011
    • 09:00 - 10:00 WS-PGRADE/gUSE
      Dr. Miklos KOZLOVSZKY is working as Senior Research Fellow at the Laboratory of the Parallel and Distributed Systems in the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, beside that he is an Associate Professor at Obuda University (Hungary), leading there the Biotech Group at John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics. He received his PhD from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) in 2009, and his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Szeged (Hungary) in 2001. He was a part-time lecturer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) from 2005-2009. Before that, he was working: as researcher in the Bioinformatics Group at IMP /Research Institute of Molecular Pathology/ (Austria), at CERN /European Organization for Nuclear Research/ (Switzerland), and as team leader of the Value Added Services at Vodafone Hungary.
      Convener: Mr. Miklos Kozlovszky (SZTAKI)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file}
    • 10:00 - 11:30 Profiling
      Dr. Alan O'Cais has been active in the field of computational research and high performance computing since receiving his bachelors degree in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin in 2001. He received a Masters Degree in High Performance Computing in 2002 and a PhD in Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics in 2005, both from Trinity College. He has held research positions at Trinity College and the University of Adelaide. In 2008 he joined the Cyprus Institute as Scientific Coordinator and in 2010 moved to Juelich Supercomputing Centre where he works within the Application Support division. His work is primarily focussed within the LinkSCEEM-2 project helping to develop a Virtual Research Community in Computational Science in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
      Christian Rössel has been active in the field of computer simulation and performance analysis since his time as a student at Cologne University from where he received his Diploma in Physics in 2004. After a year working as a consultant and software engineer for the Münster University of Applied Sciences he moved to PTV AG in Karlsruhe where he joint the traffic simulation development team. From 2009 on he works as a scientific staff member at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, reinforcing the Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Group "Performance Analysis of Parallel Programs". His work is primarily focused within the SILC project developing the next generation measurement system for the performance analysis tools Scalasca, Vampir, TAU and Periscope.
      Conveners: Mr. Alan O'Cais (JSC), Mr. Christian Roessel (JSC)
      Material: Slides pdf filedown arrow
    • 11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break
    • 12:00 - 13:30 Profiling
      Hands On
      Conveners: Mr. Alan O'Cais (JSC), Mr. Christian Roessel (JSC)
      Material: Slides pdf file}
    • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break
    • 14:30 - 16:00 Optimisation and Benchmarking
      Chris joined Intel in 2005, previously working in ERP and academic HPC. Chris holds the position of a senior engineer in the HPC and Throughput Computing team of Intel’s Software and Services Group (SSG) in EMEA.  Chris focuses on Oil & Gas and scientific algorithms as well as the development of future Intel CPUs. Chris holds a Diploma and a Doctor degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany.
      Convener: Mr. Christopher Dahnken (INTEL)
      Material: Slides pdf file}
    • 16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
    • 16:30 - 18:00 Optimisation and Benchmarking
      Hands On
      Convener: Mr. Christopher Dahnken (INTEL)
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    • 18:00 - 18:15 Scientific Computing Activities at The Cyprus Institute 15'
      Speaker: Prof. Dimitris Drikakis
    • 18:15 - 18:30 Day 3 Closing Remarks