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OpenMP Brookathon 2019

OpenMP Brookathon 2019

The Computational Science Initiative at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is organizing in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and IBM, the "OpenMP Brookathon 2019", on April 29–May 2, 2019. This event is sponsored by the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), and driven by the ECP SOLLVE Project. We encourage participation of teams specially interested in porting and optimizing their applications by using the latest OpenMP features.

Hackathon Goal

The goal of this hackathon is to port, optimize and evolve applications towards the latest OpenMP versions (4.5+). This event will be co-organized with ORNL and IBM. In practical terms, this event will enable application teams and developers to accelerate their code with the use of GPUs, as well as exploiting the latest OpenMP functionality to program (IBM Power9) multi-core platforms. Prospective user groups of large hybrid CPU-GPU systems will send teams of at least 3 developers along with either (1) a scalable application that could benefit from GPU accelerators, or (2) an application running on accelerators that has already written OpenMP and needs optimization or (3) applications that have OpenACC in their codes and need assistance to convert them to OpenMP 4.5 offload.

There will be intensive mentoring during this 4-day hands-on event. At the conclusion of the event, participating teams will have a functional GPU-accelerated code, or at least, a clear roadmap of how to get there. To support the hackathon goal, we will have a number of mentors from IBM, ORNL, BNL, NERSC, LLNL, universities, and other vendors on-site during the event. Our mentors have extensive experience in programming GPUs, actively participate in the OpenMP language committee, and conduct research and development in compilers and tools with OpenMP support.

Programming experience with OpenMP 4.5 offload or CUDA is not a requirement. We will hold training events / tutorials covering the set of background topics required. In the weeks preceding the hackathon, you will have a chance to attend training to prepare you for the event. Prior GPU experience is not required!

Target Audience and Format

We are looking for teams, each consisting of 3-5 developers, that wish to work on the optimization and porting of an application to GPU accelerators. Small-to-medium sized applications, mini-apps or specific test cases are especially encouraged. Hence, participating teams should devote significant efforts to isolate the compute/data intensive parts of the code to be optimized. In particular, the development of suitable test-harness and verification machinery to validate that no errors are being introduced during this work-intensive event. Collectively the team should know the application intimately. If an application is a suite of apps, no more than two per team is allowed and a minimum of 2 people per app must attend.

How to Apply

In order to participate in the hackathon, please submit a Team Hacking Application Form (see below). You will have to provide a team name, a brief summary of the application, your intended goals, software/package dependencies and the list of team participants (full name, affiliation and email). In addition, select in the application form whether the application is sensitive in any way (e.g. only for DOE use, not accessible to foreign nationals, is it NDA protected, etc). If in doubt, please contact us.

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, ORNL and our event sponsors. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to April 10, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by April 11, 2019.

Once the team Application has been submitted, reviewed and accepted, participating team members will have to register on this site when registration opens on Friday, April 12, 2019. Hackathon mentors will also need to register when registration opens..

  • Team application submission is now closed.

Organizing Committee

  • Meifeng Lin (BNL)
  • Barbara Chapman (BNL)
  • Oscar Hernandez (ORNL)
  • Thomas Papatheodore (ORNL)
  • Ashley Barker (ORNL)
  • Alexander Eichenberger (IBM)
  • Tom Scogland (LLNL)
  • Judy Hill (ORNL)

Event Sponsors


Local Coordinators

  • Martin Kong (BNL)
  • Gina Liles (BNL)

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


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Questions or Other Inquiries

Hackathon Timeline

Wed., Apr 10, 2019 Deadline to submit team application has been extended
Thu., Apr 11, 2019 Notification of Accepted Teams
Fri., Apr 12, 2019 Registration Opens
Sun., Apr 21, 2019 Deadline for Registration
Mon., Apr 29, 2019 Hackathon Starts
Thu., May 2, 2019 Hackathon Ends

Event Information

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.

Last Modified: April 25, 2019