18-20 April 2016
CSC - IT Center for Science
Europe/Helsinki timezone


The course includes topics on code optimization for x86 platforms and
efficient code parallelization using OpenMP threading. Advanced aspects
of threading and optimization, such as new features of OpenMP 4.0, will
be covered during the course. Some performance aspects of MPI will also be discussed.

Learning outcome

  • Awareness of modern features of x86 CPUs
  • Ability to vectorize computations
  • Ability to use advanced features of OpenMP
  • Ability to increase code performance using threading and x86 optimization


  • Good knowledge of C/C++ or Fortran
  • Good knowledge of threading using OpenMP
  • Basic knowledge of MPI
  • Basic knowledge of modern CPU architectures


Day 1: Monday, April 18

  9:00-  9:45    Introduction
10:00-10:15   Coffee break
10:15-12:00   Performance Analysis methods & tools. Interactive demo.
12:00-13:00   Lunch break
13:00-13:45   Microarchitectural optimization
13:45-14:00   Coffee break
14:00-14:45   Optimization for SIMD
14:45-16:00   Exercises

Day 2: Tuesday, April 19

   9:00- 9:45   Optimization for SIMD cont'd
  9:45-10:00   Coffee break
10:00-11:15    Exercises
11:15-12:00    Memory access optimization
12:00-13:00   Lunch break
13:00-13:45    Memory access optimization cont'd
13:45-14:45    Exercises
14:45-15:00   Coffee break
15:00-16:00   Exercises

Day 3: Wednesday, Aprl 20

  9:00-  9:45   Advanced OpenMP
  9:45-10:00   Coffee break
10:00-11:15    Exercises
11:15-12:00    OpenMP performance considerations
12:00-13:00   Lunch break
13:00-14:00   Exercises
14:00-14:45   MPI performance considerations
14:45-15:00   Coffee break
15:00-16:00   Exercises

Lecturers:  Sebastian von Alfthan (CSC), Mikko Byckling (Intel), Pekka Manninen (CSC)

Language:  English
Price:           Free of charge


CSC - IT Center for Science
Training room Dogmi, 1st floor
LIfe Science Center, Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland

How to reach us:

CSC is located in Keilaniemi, Espoo, 10 km west of the Helsinki City Center. Detailed information is available here.


We recommend choosing a few hotels that are most close to our premises. The nearest hotel is Radisson Blu Espoo, which is in a walking distance (only 500 m) from CSC. Another hotel close to the venue (1,8 km) is Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden. Also, Hanasaari Hotel located in the midst of the archipelago between the Helsinki City Center and CSC in 3,5 km distance by walk or by bus. Other hotels are in Helsinki' downtown with a frequent and fast bus connection to Keilaniemi. Please note, that there are no special rates for participants at any hotels.

If you have any questions, please click on the support link on the left to send an e-mail to the local organizers.