26-27 June 2013
James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings campus
Europe/London timezone
Cray’s supercomputer platforms are an advanced pairing of software and hardware that provide HPC application developers and users the opportunity of excellent scaling and high productivity. This workshop, provided staff from the Cray Centre of Excellence for HECToR, offers instruction and insight into using the advanced tools available for analysing and optimising applications on the Cray XE6 and XC30 systems available at PRACE member sites.
Intended for users with experience or an interest in running on a Cray platform, this course will cover topics like:
  • Using the Cray Performance Analysis Toolkit (CrayPAT) to automatically analyse applications, including providing automatic optimisation suggestions.
  • Reveal, a source code scoping and analysis tool for assisting users understanding and parallelising application loops.
  • Advanced application placement and ordering for alleviating load imbalance and optimising inter-process communication.
  • Optimising IO patterns for improved throughput and easier data management.
There will be ample opportunity for users to work on their own applications and to engage directly with Cray staff working in the Centre of Excellence for HECToR for advice and feedback.
In addition to this two-day PRACE workshop, the Cray Centre of Excellence will be running an additional morning on Friday 28th June 2013 at the same venue covering the next generation Cray XC30 hardware. This morning will include:
  • A detailed explanation of the Cray XC30’s new Aries Interconnect and Dragonfly network topology.
  • Compiler features and techniques for optimising applications for the Cray XC30’s new Intel CPUs.
This session is not part of the PATC programme but if you are interested in attending please note this clearly on the registration form, in the "Reason for Participation" field.

Users should have a working knowledge of Fortran, C or C++ and would benefit from knowledge of a parallel programming like MPI, OpenMP, OpenSHMEM, UPC or Fortran Coarrays.
James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings campus
Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ
This course is funded by the PRACE project and is free to all.

Please register using the online form.

If you have any questions, please consult the course forum page or contact epcc-support@epcc.ed.ac.uk.

Information about how to find the James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) can be found on the School of Physics and Astronomy website.

Note that parking on the King's Buildings campus is by permit only, and that parking just outside on Mayfield Road is restricted before 09:15 and after 16:30 - and cars will be removed (with a hefty fee payable to get your car back) if parked there during the restricted times. Unrestricted free parking is available on nearby Hallhead Road, Ross Road, Blackbarony Road and Gordon Terrace to the east of the campus, and along the north side of the campus on West Mains Road.

A number of B&Bs and hotels can be found approximately 10 minutes' walk from EPCC, including:

* Smiths' Guest House, 77 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA

* Mayfield Lodge Guest House, 75 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA

* Highfield Guest House, 83 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AE

* Lauderville Guest House, 52 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 2NH

* Glenisla Hotel, 12 Lygon Road, Edinburgh EH16 5QB

* Glendale House Guest House, 5 Lady Road, Edinburgh EH16 5PA

There is also the Travelodge Cameron Toll, 43 Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh EH16 5PD. Note that the room price does not include breakfast.