General Lab Information

Archive of Past Events

2020

GPU Hackathon 2020

All GPU programming paradigms are welcome

Date: August 10–19, 2020

Introduction

The Computational Science Initiative at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) will host its fourth GPU Hackathon, dubbed "Brookathon 2020", on August 10–19, 2020. Brookathon 2020 is jointly organized by BNL, NVIDIA Corporation, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This year's virtual event will consist of two parts: a one-day bootcamp on August 10 with tutorials, followed by 3-day intensive hands-on event on August 17-19. The Hackathon will provide the participants the opportunity to work on their application codes under the hands-on guidance of GPU experts. We especially encourage teams from the High Energy Physics community to participate.

Background

Currently there are several large-scale computing systems in the US that are based on General-Purpose Graphic Processing Units, or GPGPUs, including Summit at ORNL, Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the upcoming Perlmutter machine at NERSC. In addition, the first announced exascale computers, Aurora at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Frontier at ORNL, will have GPU-based architectures as well. These GPU-based supercomputers offer tremendous computing power for science and engineering, but writing efficient software to take full advantage of them may be challenging.

Goal

The goal of this 4-day intensive hands-on 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 the hackathon, 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.

Prerequisites and Team Application Submission

Prior programming experience with GPUs is NOT a requirement, but collectively the team should be familiar with the applications to port or optimize for the GPUs.

Participation in the training event is free of charge. We will use virtual conferencing tools for the event (details will be announced to the accepted teams later). The deadline to submit an application is June 28, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by July 17, 2020.

Organizing Committee

  • Meifeng Lin (BNL)
  • Huub van Dam (BNL)
  • Thomas Papatheodore (ORNL)
  • Julia Levites (NVIDIA and OpenACC)
  • Andi Moore (NVIDIA and OpenACC)
  • Izumi Barker (NVIDIA and OpenACC)

Local Coordinator

  • Nicole Medaglia (BNL)

Training Venue

Hoste by Brookhaven National Laboratory
Interactive Virtual Event

What's Hackathon?

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

Brookathon 2019 | Brookathon 2018 | Brookathon 2017

Questions or Other Inquiries

Training Sponsors


Event ID: EXE-D-GPUHK082020

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.

2019

GPU Hackathon 2019

All GPU programming paradigms are welcome

Date: September 23-27, 2019

Introduction

The Computational Science Initiative at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) will host its 3nd GPU Hackathon, dubbed "Brookathon 2019", on September 23, 2019–September 27, 2020. Brookathon 2019 is jointly organized by BNL, University of Delaware (UDEL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with support from the High Energy Physics Center for Computational Excellence and the SOLLVE Exascale Computing Project.

We especially encourage teams from the High Energy Physics community and US Exascale Computing Project to participate.

Background

Currently there are several large-scale computing systems in the US that are based on General-Purpose Graphic Processing Units, or GPGPUs, including Summit at ORNL, Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the upcoming Permultter at NERSC. These GPU-based supercomputers offer tremendous computing power for science and engineering, but writing efficient software to take full advantage of them may be challenging.

Goal

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.

Prerequisites and Team Application Submission

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. The deadline to submit an application is July 5, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by July 15, 2019.

Organizing Committee

  • Meifeng Lin (BNL)
  • Thomas Papatheodore (ORNL)
  • Leo Fang (BNL)
  • Vivek Kale (BNL)
  • Sunita Chandrasekaran (UD)

Local Coordinators

  • Gina Liles (BNL)
  • Nicole Medaglia (BNL)
  • Eileen Pinkston (BNL)

Training Venue

Brookhaven National Laboratory
Computational Science Initiative
Building 725 (Training Room, 2-124)
Upton, NY 11973 USA

What's Hackathon?

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

Brookathon 2018 | Brookathon 2017 | UDelHack 2016

Questions or Other Inquiries

Training Sponsors


Event ID: EXE-D-GPUHK092019

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.