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Outreach and Training

We offer a variety of workshops, both at PSC and off-site, on subjects ranging from code optimization and parallel programming to specific scientific topics.

In addition to workshops, we also hosts symposia on high performance computing topics.

For more information about our education, outreach and training programs, see Resources for Educators pages or send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

XSEDE HPC Training

We are pleased to present monthly workshops sponsored by XSEDE on a variety of HPC topics.   Each workshop is telecast to several satellite sites. See the page for a particular workshop for a list of the sites that will carry that workshop.

MPI Programming Workshop

This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to MPI programming. Both days are compact, to accommodate multiple time zones, but packed with useful information and lab exercises. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using MPI – the standard programming tool of scalable parallel computing.

XSEDE New User Training

Training for new XSEDE users is offered several times a year, using web-based teleconferencing software. The session offers an introduction to using XSEDE resources and is targeted at users who have just received their first allocation on XSEDE. Check the XSEDE training calendar for upcoming dates.

Bioinformatics Internship, June 3 - August 2, 2013

Application deadline: February 28, 2013
Through this program, students, faculty, and researchers at minority serving institutions will work directly with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center staff in Pittsburgh on a bioinformatics research project of the participant's choosing. As a part of the internship, participants will attend the center's Bioinformatics Summer Institute. Financial support in the form of lodging and transportation is available to eligible Bioinformatics Internship participants through the National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) grant: T36-GM-095335. For more information or to apply, visit http://biou.psc.edu/signup/.

Bioinformatics Summer Institute, June 18 - 28, 2013

Application deadline: April 1, 2013
This two-week intensive training workshop seeks out students, faculty, and researchers at minority serving institutions that need a robust background in bioinformatics for their teaching and research. The first week of bioinformatics training at the workshop focuses on the analysis of a gene and/or protein family. The second week focuses on assembling and analyzing data from next-generation sequencers. Financial support in the form of lodging and transportation is available to eligible Bioinformatics Summer Institute participants through the National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) grant: T36-GM-095335. For more information or to apply, visit http://biou.psc.edu/signup.

OpenACC GPU Programming Workshop, January 15 & 16, 2013

In conjunction with the National Institute for Computational Sciences and Georgia Tech, PSC will present an OpenACC GPU programming workshop on January 15 and 16, 2013. This workshop will be telecast to several locations.

OpenACC GPU Programming Workshop, October 16 & 17, 2012

In conjunction with the National Institute for Computational Sciences and Georgia Tech, and in partnership with Internet2, PSC will present an OpenACC GPU programming workshop on October 16 and 17, 2012. This workshop will be telecast to ten locations.

Extending High-Performance Computing Beyond its Traditional User Communities, October 8, 2012

Co-located with the 8th IEEE International Conference on eScience, Chicago, USA

Accelerator Programming with OpenACC and CUDA, July 16, 2012

Offered in conjunction with the XSEDE12 Conference, this full-day tutorial addresses the two main programming models in use today for adapting HPC codes to effectively use GPU accelerators. The two half-day sessions share some common techniques for achieving best performance with an accelerator.

Accelerating Applications with OpenACC, April 18-19, 2012

Together with NVIDIA and PGI, PSC presents a hands-on workshop on GPGPU programming using OpenACC,an open standard for compiler directives to make accelerators easier to program.

Parallel Programming: Using Blacklight, December 5-6, 2011

This workshop features programming techniques which help you to take advantage of large shared memory machines. Training is conducted on PSC's Blacklight, the largest shared memory machine in the world.

TeraGrid/Blue Waters Symposium on Data-Intensive Analysis, Analytics, and Informatics, April 14 -15, 2011

This symposium brought more than 60 scientists together to explore methods and systems for handling increasingly large data sets. To see some of their ideas, go to the symposium proceedings.

Desmond Workshop, October 27, 2009

The newly released version (v.2.2) of Desmond software from DE Shaw Research, used for molecular dynamics simulations of biological molecules, was introduced. The basic concepts underlying Desmond and how to run simulations and analyze results were covered.

The workshop was co-hosted by the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), with instructors from DE Shaw Research, the NRBSC, and the PSC.

Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing Workshop, July 5-11, 2009

The Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing workshop focused on techniques and tools for parallel computing. This workshop was offered at Louisiana State University and simulcast at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

TAGPMA Federated Identity Workshop, April 29, 2009

The 9th meeting of The Americas Grid Policy Management Authority held at PSC in Pittsburgh PA. This all day event, open to the public, included presentations from vendors offering security and identity services such as Verizon Business Services, SafeNet & Aladdin.

Multi-core Programming and Performance Tuning, March 23-26, 2009

Intel Corporation experts presented the latest architectures and how to take advantage of them for modeling and simulation codes, focusing on the upcoming generation of very large shared memory machines.



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About Outreach and Training

Workshops incorporate both lectures and extensive hands-on sessions. Programming exercises are carefully designed to reinforce concepts and techniques taught in class.

Instructors have strong scientific and technical backgrounds and are available for individual consultation, including help with participants' own coding needs.

Biomedical Workshops

The education and outreach program of the NRBSC includes workshops and online teaching tools, online courses, and workshop webcasts, among other approaches.

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Biomedical Applications: Computational biomedical research and training