16th Advanced School on Parallel Computing @ Cineca

Cineca - Casalecchio di Reno (BO)

Cineca - Casalecchio di Reno (BO)

via Magnanelli 6/3 Casalecchio di Reno (BO, Italy)

Application deadline:

January 24th, 2020


Heterogeneous architectures with nodes featuring accelerator cards or sockets are taking an important share in the HPC market, given their superiority in term of flop/watt with respect to CISC and RISC architecture.
To be effective on heterogeneous architecture applications usually requires important refactoring and adaptation, and many programming paradigms are available, some vendor specific and some other defined by an open standard,
but without a clear winner yet (e.g. as it is the case for message passing communications where there is MPI, available for all network technologies).

This school focus on software development techniques to address the implementation of new HPC applications and the re-factory of existing ones, in the era of heterogeneous, energy efficient, massively parallel architectures,
toward exascale, with theoretical lectures and hands-on sessions on the different most promising programming techniques and paradigms for accelerated computing.

Software engineering techniques and high productivity languages will complement lectures on parallel programming and porting toward new architectures, to allow the implementation of application that can be maintained across a complex and fast evolving HPC architectures.



  • Heterogeneous architectures
  • Elements of software engineering
  • Parallel programming techniques for accelerated computing, including CUDA, OpenMP, OpenACC, SYCL
  • Parallel programming techniques for massively parallel applications
  • Models for applications integrating MPI, OpenMP OpenACC, CUDA and CUDA Fortran paradigms

Target audience:

The school is aimed at PRACE users, final year master students, PhD students, and young researchers in computational sciences and engineering, with different backgrounds, interested in applying the emerging technologies on high performance computing to their research.


Good knowledge of parallel programming with MPI and/or OpenMP, knowledge of FORTRAN and C languages. Basic knowledge of parallel computer architectures.

Admitted students:

Attendance is free.

A grant of 300 EUR (for students working abroad) and 150 EUR (for students working in Italy) will be available for participants not funded by their institution and not working or living in the Bologna area. Documentation will be required. Lunches for the 5 days will be provided by Cineca. Each student will be given a two month access to the Cineca's supercomputing resources.


The support of CINI for the software engineering module is gratefully acknowledged.

We received an official statement from the regional authorities stating that all the subjects, both public and private, must cancel all planned educational activities due the recent virus outbreak that is affecting the northern part of the country.
For this reason all the lessons of the School are CANCELLED.
Some of them will be streamed via WebEx. 
If interested, please write at corsi.hpc@cineca.it. 


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