Apr 4 – 6, 2018
CSC - IT Center for Science
Europe/Helsinki timezone


The course includes topics on code optimization for x86 platforms and efficient code parallelisation using OpenMP threading. Advanced aspects of threading and optimization, such as new features in OpenMP 4.5, will be covered during the course. Some performance aspects of hybrid MPI+OpenMP programs 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: Wednesday, April 4

  • Course introduction

  • Performance analysis methods and tools

  • Vectorization using SIMD

Day 2: Thursday, April 5

  • More about SIMD vectorization

  • Optimizing memory accesses

Day 3: Friday, April 6

  • Advanced OpenMP features

  • OpenMP performance considerations

  • Hybrid MPI and OpenMP

Lecturers:   Sami Ilvonen (CSC), Mikko Byckling (Intel)

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.