GPGPU programming summer school at University of Tennessee, Aug. 10-14.

Axel akoh... at
Mon Jun 29 19:37:30 UTC 2009

Please see:

The University of Tennessee will offer a summer school course in
accelerating computational chemistry with general-purpose graphics
processing units (GPGPUs) from Aug. 10-14. The course is offered in
coordination with the Virtual School of Computational Science and

This course will provide students with the knowledge and practical
skills necessary to start exploiting the power of GPGPUs in real
chemistry applications. The course is especially designed for graduate
students and advanced undergraduate students in chemistry and related

Streaming video and two-way audio will link participants at the
University of Tennessee (UT) to the summer school, hosted by the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, that will provide the core instruction
on device architecture, programming tools, and design of high-
performance algorithms; see
for course information.

At UT, this content will be supplemented with additional lectures,
worked examples, and other materials specifically targeting the
effective use of GPGPUs in computational chemistry, including quantum
Monte Carlo, molecular electronic structure, and molecular dynamics.
Expert assistance will be provided to enable attendees to make rapid
progress on both first time use and advanced design of chemistry
algorithms for GPGPUs.

Students will have access to the resources of the UT Multidisciplinary
Center for Future Computing that includes the latest NVIDIA GPGPUs and
Intel Nehalem processors.

Prerequisites are C, C++, Java, or equivalent programming knowledge
and familiarity with command-line use of Linux, and each student
should bring a wifi-enabled laptop. Fortran applications can employ
GPGPU kernels, but kernels must be written in C/C++.

Applications are due by July 15, 2009, and should be addressed to
gpgpu... at In the application please clearly

    * Full name
    * Home institution and department
    * Email address
    * Status: (graduate student, postdoc, other)
    * Research topic
    * Algorithms of interest
    * Programming experience

Limited funds are available for partial or full support of the travel
and local expenses of a few students, in particular to enable
participation of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. To apply
for support, please include a brief paragraph in the application email
to request and explain the need for support, and to describe the
benefits that attending the workshop would have for both you and your


    * University of Tennessee: Robert J. Harrison, R.J. Hinde, Gregory
D. Peterson
    * University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Volodymyr
Kindratenko, Thom Dunning
    * Stanford University: Todd Martinez
    * University of Pennsylvania: Michael L. Klein, Axel Kohlmeyer

This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation through
the cyberenabled chemistry project "Future Computing in Chemistry."

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