The OLCF’s fifth year hosting hackathons brings new opportunities, growth

OLCF GPU Hackathon attendees
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In late October, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) wrapped up its 2019 hackathon series with an event hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, that gave 76 participants access to the world’s most powerful and smartest supercomputer, the IBM AC922 Summit at the OLCF.

Attendees from national laboratories, universities, and industry participated in the hackathon, held October 21–25. It was the 11th such event cohosted by the OLCF and NVIDIA in 2019—the most ever held in a single year by the institutions.

Over the last 5 years, the OLCF GPU hackathon has evolved from a single, ambitious endeavor to a series hosted at institutions across the country—and even around the world—to bolster programmers’ applications for scientific study on some of the largest GPU supercomputers. The OLCF and NVIDIA co-organize the trainings along with the local host institutions at which the events are held. Teams receive help from expert mentors at the 5-day events, aiming to leave with a piece of GPU code in hand.

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