28 September 2015 to 2 October 2015
Stuttgart (Germany)
CET timezone

Local organizer: Rolf Rabenseifner, Joerg Hertzer

The Train the Trainer Program is provided in conjunction with the regular course Parallel Programming with MPI and OpenMP and Advanced Parallel Programming @ HLRS. Whereas the regular course teaches parallel programming, this program is an education for future trainers in parallel programming.
Too few people can provide parallel programming courses on the level that is needed if scientists and PhD students want to learn how to parallelize a sequential application or to enhance parallel applications. Within Europe, currently only six PATC centres and several other national centres provide such courses on an European or national level. We would like to assist further trainers and centres to also provide such courses for whole Europe or at least within their countries.
Stuttgart (Germany)
Big seminar room
HLRS, University of Stuttgart,Allmandring 30,D-70569 Stuttgart,Germany

Prerequisites: You are familiar with parallel programming with MPI and OpenMP on an advanced level and skilled in both programming languages C and Fortran.

Your goal: You want to provide MPI and OpenMP courses for other scientists and PhD students in your country, i.e., you would like to provide at least the first three days of the regular course as a training block-course to PhD students.

Background: (a) Your centre supports you to provide such PhD courses in a course room at your centre. The course room is equipped at least with one computer/laptop per two (or three) students and has access to a HPC resource that allows MPI and OpenMP programming in C and Fortran.
Or (b), you as a future trainer would like to co-operate with a centre with the necessary course infrastructure.

What does this Train the Trainer Program provide?

  • We provide you with all necessary teaching material on a personal basis, i.e., with the copyright to use it and to provide pdf or paper copies to the students in your PhD courses.
  • We provide all exercise material.
  • You will listen the lectures that you get familiar with the training material.
  • During the exercises, you will help the regular students to correct their errors. The regular students are advised to request help if they were stuck for more than a minute. You will be trained to detect their problems as fast as possible (typically in less than a minute) and to provide the students with the needed help.

The Train the Trainer Program includes the curriculum from Monday until Friday 10:00 am according the course agenda. The  Train the Trainer Program starts with the regular course and ends with an additional feedback session on Friday, 11:30am - 1:00pm and Lunch. 

How to register?

  • You register with the registration form provided in the menu on the left side.
  • Please register before August 30, 2015.
  • You will receive an automated response with your registration data.
  • You forward this data to rabenseifner@hlrs.de together with an additional application letter (about one page) that gives us information about your background (e.g., your expertise in using MPI and OpenMP), why you apply for this training and your future plans how to use our material (or your material) in your own future courses.
  • Without this additional application letter, your registration will be canceled.
  • You will receive a personal answer whether your application to this Train the Trainer Program is accepted.
  • If your major goal is to learn about MPI and OpenMP, then please register for the regular course.

Further information: Older versions of the course material is available through our ONLINE Parallel Programming Workshop. The corresponding exercise material is available here.

If you want to train other people in HPC parallel programming then we hope that you are interested in this Train the Trainer Program and expect your application.