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2-3 October 2014
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Please note the course will be held in Amsterdam:

The world’s largest supercomputers are used almost exclusively to run applications which are parallelised using Message Passing. The course covers all the basic knowledge required to write parallel programs using this programming model, and is directly applicable to almost every parallel computer architecture.

Parallel programming by definition involves co-operation between processes to solve a common task. The programmer has to define the tasks that will be executed by the processors, and also how these tasks are to synchronise and exchange data with one another. In the message-passing model the tasks are separate processes that communicate and synchronise by explicitly sending each other messages. All these parallel operations are performed via calls to some message-passing interface that is entirely responsible for interfacing with the physical communication network linking the actual processors together. This course uses the de facto standard for message passing, the Message Passing Interface (MPI). It covers point-to-point communication, non-blocking operations, derived datatypes, virtual topologies, collective communication and general design issues.

The course is normally delivered in an intensive two-day format using EPCC’s dedicated training facilities. It is taught using a variety of methods including formal lectures, practical exercises, programming examples and informal tutorial discussions. This enables lecture material to be supported by the tutored practical sessions in order to reinforce the key concepts.

Intended Learning Outcomes On completion of this course students should be able to:
Understand the message-passing model in detail.
Implement standard message-passing algorithms in MPI.
Debug simple MPI codes.
Measure and comment on the performance of MPI codes.
Design and implement efficient parallel programs to solve regular-grid problems.

Pre-requisite Programming Languages:
Fortran, C or C++.
It is not possible to do the exercises in Java.
Starts 2 Oct 2014 09:00
Ends 3 Oct 2014 17:00
Amsterdam, Netherlands
SURFsara, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This course is part-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

PATC courses are available free of charge to all attendees (academic and industrial). Lunches and refreshments will be provided.

Please register using the online form. If you have any questions, please consult the course forum page or contact