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GPU Hackathon 2017

All GPU programming paradigms are welcome

The next GPU Hackathon called "Brookathon" is coming to the Town of Brookhaven! This Hackathon will take place at Brookhaven National Laboratory on June 5 to 9, 2017, and is jointly organized by Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Delaware, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Stony Brook University.


General-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. The challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been the difficulty in programming them. Any and all GPU programming paradigms are welcome.


The goal of this 5-day Hackathon is for current or prospective user groups of large hybrid CPU-GPU systems to send teams of at least 3 developers along with either a potentially scalable application that could benefit from GPU accelerators, or an application running on accelerators that needs optimization. There will be intensive mentoring during this 5-day hands-on training, with the goal that the teams leave with applications running on GPUs, or at least with a clear roadmap of how to get there. Our mentors come from national laboratories, universities and vendors, and besides having extensive experience in programming GPUs, many of them develop the GPU-capable compilers and help define standards such as OpenACC and OpenMP.


Prior programming experience with GPUs is NOT a requirement. You will learn quickly in the intense 5-day schedule, working on your code 95% of the time with the mentors. In the weeks preceding the Hackathon, you will have a chance to attend training to prepare you for the event.

Participation in the training event is free of charge. The meeting room and lunches, as well as access to the supercomputers throughout the event are offered by BNL, SBU and our event sponsors.

  • Team Application submission is now closed.
  • The deadline to submit an application is March 15, 2017.

If you would like a better idea of what to expect, check out these short videos from past Hackathons: EuroHack 2015 | UDelHack 2016

Note: This event falls under Exemption D (Formal classroom training held at Federal facilities, which does not exhibit indicia of a formal conference as outlined in the Conference/Event Exemption Request Form.) Participation is contingent on application acceptance.



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Last Modified: December 27, 2017