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GCOE Dresden and the GPU Hackathon 2017 in Juelich SC

The next GPU Hackathon will take place on 6-10 March 2017 at the Supercomputing Centre in Juelich, Germany. This event is jointly organized by Jülich Supercomputing Centre, ORNL and GCOE Dresden.

Developer teams from academic to industrial institutions with potentially scalable applications or already accelerated applications looking for better performance will be intensively mentored during the 5-days hands-on workshop. Profiling tools like nvvp or Vampir will help to find the critical code paths which will be tackled with OpenACC parallelization, GPU drop-in libraries or optimized GPU code. After the week the teams will leave with an accelerated application and optimization guides or at least with an implementation roadmap.

The GCOE Dresden at the Technical University Dresden will support this event with own mentors, which are experienced GPU programmers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG).

Peter Steinbach, MPI-CBG

My name is Peter Steinbach and I’ve studied Physics at the University of Leipzig where I majored in Particle Physics with a Diploma Thesis at DESY Hamburg. I completed a PhD on data of the Large Hadron Collider (CERN, Switzerland) which I received in 2012. I then switched fields to become an IT specialist and Scientific Software Engineer at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics where I was introduced to GPUs and have been working with them ever since. My experience and special interest with GPUs lies in asynchronous operations to hide latencies on the host or on the device in the context of processing large 3D image stacks. Furthermore, I am always interested in the evolution and performance of new programming paradigms for and libraries on GPUs.

Tobias Frust (Computational Science Group, HZDR)

My name is Tobias Frust and I have studied Information System Technologies at Dresden University of Technology. During my studies I was introduced to GPUs by a lecture dealing with CUDA and OpenCL. In line with my student research project and the diploma thesis at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) I gathered practical experience in developing software for heterogeneous systems. Now, I am member of the Computational Science Group at HZDR.
I a am very much interested in new developments concerning GPU-accelerated applications and design concepts.

Jeffrey Kelling (Computational Science Group, HZDR)

May name is Jeffrey Kelling, studied physics at TU Dresden and wrote my Diploma thesis at HZDR, where I stayed for my PhD. I did research in Physics on molecular transport using density functional theory and nanostructure formation and surface growth using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. For the latter topic I developed a range of efficient MC codes for GPUs, where much work went into optimizing memory layouts and access patterns. Now, I am a member of the Computational Science group at HZDR.

Sebastian Starke (Computational Science Group, HZDR)

My name is Sebastian Starke and I am currently working in the Computational Science Department at the HZDR in Dresden. Before joining the HZDR I worked as an algorithm engineer in the field of automatic speech recognition. I studied mathematics at the OvGU in Magdeburg at a bachelors level before majoring in statistics in 2015. I am looking forward to supporting the teams regarding algorithmic or math related questions and details. Since I am fairly new to the ideas of parallel programming I hope that by participating in the Hackathon all of our team members can greatly improve our knowledge about GPU programming and its influence on algorithmic designs and capabilities.

Fabian Jung (Computational Radiation Physics Group, HZDR)

Alexander Matthes (Computational Radiation Physics Group, HZDR)

My name is Alexander Matthes and I studied computer science with subsidiary subject biology at the Technical University Dresden with focus on visualization and GPU high performance computing. I finished my studies in May 2016 and continued as a research assistant to complete my work on ISAAC, a live visualization library made in my diploma thesis. In September 2016 I started my Ph.D. in computer science at Technical University Dresden and Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. I am the main developer of the already mentioned in-situ visulization library ISAAC and am working now on performance portability of our GPU accelerated plasma simulation and on the next step in parallel computing for parallel simulation software and large-scale data analysis.

René Widera (Computational Radiation Physics Group, HZDR)

My name is René Widera, I finished my education as IT specialist for application development in 2009. I lead the technical part of all software developemnt of the Computational Radiation Physics group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. I supervise more than ten CUDA-related open source projects on GitHub, the most prominent being the world’s fastest 3D3V electromagnetic particle-in-cell code for plasma physics, PIConGPU. My special skills are template meta programming, asynchronous computing and low level optimization for many core architectures.

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