FREE! Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), Spring 2013

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Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), Spring 2013

Available live in person and live via videoconferencing
Tuesdays starting January 22, 2013  |  3:00 PM Eastern Time
Live in person:
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Live via FREE videoconferencing:  Details to be announced.

So far, the SiPE workshops have reached roughly 1000 people at 166 institutions, agencies, companies and organizations in 42 US states and territories and 5 other countries:

  • 125 academic institutions
  • 18 government agencies
  • 16 private firms
  • 7 not-for-profit organizations.

SiPE is targeted at an audience of not just computer scientists but especially scientists and engineers, including a mixture of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff.  These workshops focus on fundamental issues of HPC as they relate to Computational and Data-enabled Science & Engineering, including:

  • the storage hierarchy
  • instruction-level parallelism
  • high performance compilers
  • shared memory parallelism (e.g., OpenMP)
  • distributed parallelism (e.g., MPI)
  • HPC application types and parallel paradigms
  • multicore optimization
  • high throughput computing
  • GPGPU computing
  • scientific and I/O libraries
  • scientific visualization.

The key philosophy of the SiPE workshops is that an HPC-based code should be maintainable, extensible and, most especially, portable across platforms, and should be sufficiently flexible that it can adapt to, and adopt, emerging HPC paradigms.


  • For the presentations:
    – at least one semester of programming experience in any of C, C++ or Fortran, recently.
  • For the HPC exercises:
    – at least one semester of programming experience in any of C, C++ or Fortran, recently;
    – at least one semester of experience with any Unix-like operating system (could be Linux but doesn’t have to be), recently (if someone doesn’t have this, it’s not a crisis, because the basics are covered in the first exercise).
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