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Introduction to High Performance Computing – 2017
PDC Summer School
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
August 14-25, 2017


Are you interested in using one of Europe’s faster supercomputers (and getting university credit points for doing so)? Would you like to learn how to write programs for parallel supercomputers, such as a Cray or a cluster of Graphics Processing Units? Do you need to optimize already-existing scientific program code for high- performance computing?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, or if you want to learn the basics about high-performance parallel computing, the PDC Center for High- Performance Computing, in conjunction with the School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC ) at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, invites you to our summer school:”Introduction to High-Performance Computing”. The course will be held in Stockholm at the KTH main campus August 14-25. The course is givenin English and is open to researchers and master and PhD students, from anywhere in the world.

To find out more about our exciting summer school, visit our web page at http://www.pdc.kth.se/education/summer-school/.


The PDC Summer School in High-Performance Computing has been held at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm each summer since 1996 to help researchers to improve their scientific computing skills. This year will be the nineteenth year that the course has run.

During two intensive summer weeks at the KTH campus, summer school participants are introduced to programming supercomputers, and also learn how to improve programs for parallel scientific applications so that they run more efficiently.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own problems or programs for discussion, where possible, these may be used as the basis of the course project. During the summer school, participants will be givenaccess to PDC’s Cray XC40 system, Beskow, which is the fastest supercomputers in the Nordic countries.

There are a limited number of spaces available on the course, so please register early!

2017 will be the 2nd year that the course has been held – participants will become part of the long tradition of the PDC Summer School, which you can read about in the course pages for all the previous years.

Registration for the 2017 summer school will open on April 10 and will close on June 2.


This course provides the skills needed to utilize high-performance computing (HPC) resources, and includes an introduction to a range of important topics, such as:

  • HPC programming languages, libraries and tools,
  • modern computer architectures,
  • parallel algorithms, and
  • optimizing serial and parallel programs.

The lectures given by international experts followed by hands-on sessions in the PDC computer lab – these will give participants the opportunity to obtain practical experience of the HPC topics covered in lectures.

The PDC Summer School receives considerable funding from SeSE, the Swedish e-Science Education. The two leading e-Science Centres in Sweden, SeRC (www.e-science.se) and eSSENCE (essenceofescience.se) have taken the initiative to establish a graduate school, SeSE, to fund, develop and offer basic training in fields where the use of e-Science is emerging and where education can have an immense impact on the research, but also to provide advanced training for students in fields that are already computer-intensive. The school is open to all graduate students in Sweden, and is built upon the previous successful schools NGSSC and KCSE. SeSE will be a meeting place for graduate students using e-Science tools and techniques.