We’re excited to announce the official launch of our new website! A long time coming, this new website marks the growth of the GPU Hackathons program and OpenACC Organization’s continued commitment to bringing crucial skills to the research and developer community.
Our Humble Beginnings
Little did we know when we held the first GPU Hackathon in cooperation with the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that what started as one event would spark a full hackathon program.
GPU Hackathons are five day intensive hands-on events designed to help computational scientists port their applications to GPUs using libraries, OpenACC, CUDA and other tools by pairing participants with dedicated mentors experienced in GPU programming and development. Representing distinguished scholars and preeminent institutions around the world, these teams of mentors and attendees work together to realize performance gains and speedups by taking advantage of parallel programming on GPUs.
Over the last five years, the GPU Hackathon program has grown exponentially, helping to advance scientific discovery and engineering progress by providing the training needed to accelerate mission-critical scientific applications and leverage some of the World’s leading computational resource facilities.
2019 has been a very busy year, with 15 full five-day hackathons held worldwide across the United States, Europe, Asia and India. Kicking off in South Korea, the first GPU Hackathon of 2019 was hosted by Yonsei University, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the U.S., and NVIDIA, where dozens of students, researchers and industry experts collaborated on various applications over the week using KAT, a GPU cluster system of NURION, KISTI’s fifth-generation supercomputer.
“At this event, participants met some of the leading GPU experts at both home and abroad,” said Boo-young Ahn, head of the KISTI Science Data School Center. “They enhanced the performance of their codes by optimizing and parallelizing them. I hope these achievements will serve as a solid foundation for them to grow into experts in their fields of study.”
Additional hackathons in 2019 include Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Princeton University, Sheffield University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and most recently, Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the end of October.
This year, we also launched GPU Bootcamps: these are short format, one- or two-day events that introduce scientists and researchers to available libraries, programming models, and platforms so they can learn the basics of GPU programming, and develop skills firsthand working with real codes. At the close of 2019, we are pleased to share that we have successfully executed over 20 of these new Bootcamps.
2020: New Year, New Events
Continuing the momentum, 2020 will boast a full calendar with over 20 full GPU Hackathons and over 40 GPU Bootcamps planned worldwide. We currently have 11 events open for applications, and will continue to add events to the website as details become finalized, so be sure to check back often. We hope to see you at one of our Hackathons or Bootcamps in 2020!