VSC Training Course: Introduction to Hybrid Programming in HPC

Most HPC systems are clusters of shared memory nodes. Such SMP nodes can be small multi-core CPUs up to large many-core CPUs. Parallel programming may combine the distributed memory parallelization on the node interconnect (e.g., with MPI) with the shared memory parallelization inside of each node (e.g., with OpenMP or MPI-3.0 shared memory). This course analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of several parallel programming models on clusters of SMP nodes. Multi-socket-multi-core systems in highly parallel environments are given special consideration. MPI-3.0 has introduced a new shared memory programming interface, which can be combined with inter-node MPI communication. It can be used for direct neighbor accesses similar to OpenMP or for direct halo copies, and enables new hybrid programming models. These models are compared with various hybrid MPI+OpenMP approaches and pure MPI. Numerous case studies and micro-benchmarks demonstrate the performance-related aspects of hybrid programming. 

Hands-on sessions are included on both days. Tools for hybrid programming such as thread/process placement support and performance analysis are presented in a "how-to" section. This course provides scientific training in Computational Science, and in addition, the scientific exchange of the participants among themselves.

The course is a PRACE Advanced Training Center event. It is organized by LRZ in cooperation with HLRS, RRZE, and VSC (Vienna Scientific Cluster).


Here is the preliminary course outline.


Basic MPI and OpenMP knowledge as presented in the LRZ course "Parallel programming of High Performance Systems" or in our VSC Training Courses on MPI and OpenMP.

For the hands-on sessions you should know Unix/Linux and either C/C++ or Fortran in particular.


Georg Hager (RRZE / HPC, Uni. Erlangen), Rolf Rabenseifner (HLRS, Uni. Stuttgart),
Claudia Blaas-Schenner and Irene Reichl (VSC Team, TU Wien)



Date, Time, and Location:

28.01.2019 9:30 - 29.01.2019 16:30

Leibniz-Rechenzentrum der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Boltzmannstraße 1, 85748 Garching near Munich, Germany, Kursraum 2 (H.U.010).

There will be a retake of this course in Vienna in June 12-13, 2019.


Registration form

Registration deadline is Monday, January 14, 2019. The maximum number of registrants is 36.


This course is a PRACE Advanced Training Center event.

Therefore, the course is free of charge for all participants from the EU or from PRACE-member-countries: http://www.prace-ri.eu/members/

Training events  of VSC:
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Training events of HLRS:
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Training events of LRZ:
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Training events of PRACE:
Opens external link in new windowwww.training.prace-ri.eu or https://events.prace-ri.eu





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