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NCSA to host OpenACC programming workshop

NCSA, XSEDE and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will present a free workshop on OpenACC GPU programming on Nov. 5. The workshop will include a hands-on component using NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer.

OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods.

Individuals may participate in the workshop from the following sites: NCSA; Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center; Ohio Supercomputing Center; Michigan State University; Harvey Mudd College; Shodor; University of Delaware; University of Utah; Georgia State University; University of Houston Clear Lake; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

To register, go to Registration requires an XSEDE portal account, which can be created at Questions? Contact Tom Maiden at

Workshop agenda

Tuesday Nov. 5 (All times are given are CDT)

  • 10:00 a.m. — Welcome
  • 10:15 a.m. — Computing Environment
  • 10:45 a.m. — Parallel Computing & Accelerators
  • 11:15 a.m. — Intro to OpenACC
  • Noon — Lunch break
  • 1:00 p.m. — Introduction to OpenACC (cont.)
  • 3:00 p.m. — Using OpenACC with CUDA Libraries
  • 3:30 p.m. — Advanced OpenACC and OpenMP 4.0
  • 4:00 p.m. — Adjourn

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