Feb 13 – 15, 2017
CSC - IT Center for Science
Europe/Helsinki timezone


This course addresses more advanced topics and techniques in parallel programming. More advanced topics in message-passing interface (MPI); shared-memory parallelization techniques (with OpenMP) combined with MPI; parallel I/O techniques; as well as parallel tools and numerical libraries are discussed and exemplified.

Learning outcome

After the course the participants should have an idea about more advanced techniques and best practices in parallel programming, and on how to scale up parallel applications and optimize them to different platforms.


The PATC course Introduction to Parallel Programming or similar background knowledge together with fluency in Fortran and/or C programming languages will be assumed.

Agenda (tentative)

Day 1: Monday, February 13

  • 09.00-09.45 Course intro, MPI & OpenMP recap
  • 09.45-10.00 Coffee break
  • 10.00-11.00 Exercises
  • 11.00-11.30 Hybrid MPI + OpenMP programming I
  • 11.30-12.00 Exercises
  • 12.00-13.00 Lunch break
  • 13.00-13.45 Hybrid MPI + OpenMP programming II
  • 13.45-14.30 Exercises
  • 14.30-14.45 Coffee break
  • 14.45-15.15 Advanced MPI I: Communication topologies
  • 15.15-16.15 Exercises
  • 16.15-16.30 Summary of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, February 14

  • 09.00-09.45 Advanced MPI II: User-defined datatypes
  • 09.45-10.00 Coffee break
  • 10.00-11.15 Exercises
  • 11.15-12.00 Advanced MPI III: One-sided communication
  • 12.00-13.00 Lunch break
  • 13.00-14.30 Exercises
  • 14.30-14.45 Coffee break
  • 14:45-15:15 Parallel I/O with Posix
  • 15.15-16.15 Exercises
  • 16.15-16.30 Summary of Day 2

Day 3: Wednesday, February 15

  • 09.00-09.45 Parallel I/O with MPI
  • 09.45-10.00 Coffee break
  • 10.00-11.15 Exercises
  • 11.15-12.00 Parallel I/O with MPI cont'd
  • 12.00-13.00 Lunch break
  • 13.00-14.15 Exercises
  • 14.15-14.30 Coffee break
  • 14.30-15.15 Parallel I/O with HDF5
  • 15.15-16.15 Exercises
  • 16.15-16.30 Summary of Day 3

Lecturers:   Martti Louhivuori (CSC), Pekka Manninen (CSC)

Language:  English

Price:          Free of charge

CSC - IT Center for Science
Training room Debatti 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. Other hotels are located 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.