Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), Spring 2015

Available live in person and live via videoconferencing

Tuesdays starting Jan 20 2015, 1:30pm Central Time

(3:30pm Atlantic, 2:30pm Eastern, 12:30pm Mountain,
11:30am Pacific, 9:30am Hawai’i-Aleutian)

Sessions are 1 hour, but please budget 1 1/4 hours, in case
we run long or there are lots of questions.

Live in person: Stephenson Research & Technology Center Boardroom,
University of Oklahoma Norman campus

Live via videoconferencing: details to be announced


(You only need to register ONCE for the whole semester,
not for every week.)

We already have over 200 registrations!

So far, the SiPE workshops have reached over 1500 people at
248 institutions, agencies, companies and organizations in
47 US states and territories and 10 other countries:

  • 178 academic institutions;
  • 29 government agencies;
  • 26 private companies;
  • 15 not-for-profit organizations.

SiPE is targeted at an audience of not only computer scientists
but especially scientists and engineers, including a mixture of
undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff.

These workshops focus on fundamental issues of High Performance
Computing (HPC) as they relate to Computational and Data-enabled
Science & Engineering (CDS&E), including:

  • overview of HPC;
  • the storage hierarchy;
  • instruction-level parallelism;
  • high performance compilers;
  • shared memory parallelism (e.g., OpenMP);
  • distributed parallelism (e.g., MPI);
  • HPC application types and parallel paradigms;
  • multicore optimization;
  • high throughput computing;
  • accelerator computing (e.g., GPUs);
  • scientific and I/O libraries;
  • scientific visualization.

The key philosophy of the SiPE workshops is that an HPC-based code
should be maintainable, extensible and, most especially, portable
across platforms, and should be sufficiently flexible that it can
adapt to, and adopt, emerging HPC paradigms.


1 semester of programming experience and/or coursework in any of
Fortan, C, C++ or Java, recently