May 10 – 11, 2021
CET timezone

Would you like to obtain the best performance from your Python codes and get good scalability even in a supercomputer?

In this course you will learn about parallel programming using Python, a language has become more and more popular among researchers for its simplicity and the availability of specific programming libraries. In large compute systems it is essential to exploit heterogeneous architectures correctly, and here you will understand the different challenges and how to overcome them with different Python features for CPU and GPU platforms that have direct application for scientific computing.


In this course you will:

- Understand the limits and merits of parallel programming and its use with Python

- Implement code using different libraries for parallel programming on CPU and GPU, including numba, PyCUDA or mpi4py.

- Experience how to achieve high performance with Python using the supercomputing facilities at SURF


- Everyone interested in learning how to get high performance for Python codes


- Basic knowledge of Linux

- Basic knowledge of Python and use of Jupyter notebooks

You should have:

- Your own laptop with an up-to-date browser and a terminal emulator. The use of the operating systems Linux and macOS is preferred, but not mandatory. For Windows users we recommend to download MobaXterm (portable version) as terminal emulator.


Please bring your own laptop with an ssh client for the hands-on sessions!

The information about the internet connection and the accounts on the supercomputer will be given in due time.

The main requirements to follow the course are some familiarity with

  • bash commands
  • Python programming language

Level of course materials

  • 50% Basic
  • 30% Intermediate
  • 20% Advanced