Shodor and NCSI workshop on Intermediate Parallel Programming for Educators, July 14-20, 2013
The National Computational Science Institute (NCSI), Shodor, with LA-SiGMA, LSU's Center for Computation & Technology, and High Performance Computing at LSU, will be hosting the Intermediate Parallel Programming for Educators Workshop, July 14-20, 2013, at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, LA.
The NCSI parallel and distributed workshops have been presented to CS (Computer Science) and other faculty for over a decade. They are intensive hands on experiences to help CS teachers prepare CS students to design algorithms and programs to run on the now ubiquitous parallel computers that have found their ways even into our cell phones. The workshops are equally attended by non-CS faculty who are extending their discipline knowledge with a knowledge and experience in parallel computing to enable them a computational science perspective on their work. In this millennium, scientific advances are achieved through detailed mathematical models requiring the scientist to ensure the correct problem is being solved, the mathematician to ensure the correct mathematics is being used, and the computer scientist to ensure the model runs sufficiently well on the available advanced computational hardware.
This workshop allows participants to work on the three major forms of hardware parallelism: shared memory, such as that found in a laptop or cell phone; distributed memory, such as that found a cluster made of several distinct computers; and GPGU hardware (general purpose graphical processing unit), such as that found on high end graphics boards or specialized GPU computers. To do this participants will use software paradigms and libraries suited to each form of hardware. OpenMP (open Multi Processor) is used with shared memory programming. MPI (Message Passing Interface) is used with distributed memory programming. CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) is used with the nVidia GPUs.
Workshop instructors are:
Mobeen Ludin, Shodor
Thomas Murphy, Contra Costa College
Aaron Weeden, Shodor
Workshop assistants are:
Michial Green, Contra Costa College
Alexis Liu, UC-Berkeley
Software, hardware, and background needed: Participants are expected to know basic linux, but they can be brought up to speed by taking the online courses "Intro to HPC", "Remote Access with SSH", and "Survival Skills with the BASH Shell" at https://docs.loni.org/moodle/.
Registration: Registration is required and is currently closed.
Parking: Persons utilizing a vehicle will need a LSU parking permit (Monday-Friday; no permits are needed Saturday and Sunday). You can get a visitor permit at the Visitor Center between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The visitor center is located on the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road.
West Stadium Lot is the closest to the CCT with a .4 mi or so walk. You can find more about parking at the LSU Parking and Transportation website: https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/parking/visitors
Lodging: Lodging arranges have already been made. Participants will be staying at the Staybridge Suites - University at Southgate, 4001 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Front Desk: (225) 456-5430. Check In: 3:00 PM; Check Out: 12:00 PM.
Staybridge Suites provides our free breakfast and Internet.
From the hotel to the CCT it is about a mile walk. Here is a map showing a walking path: http://goo.gl/maps/hVWbk
LSU Bus (LSU Tiger Trails):
Picks up visitors in front of Staybridge Suites free of charge (near road: Nicholson Road), includes a bus stop right in front of Johnston Hall. View times of operation and bus routes at (Tigerland A, Tigerland B, or Burbank-Ben Hur routes): https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/tigertrails/times-of-operation/
Find your bus: http://lsu.transloc.com/
- Breakfast is provided by the hotel. There are a wide range of options to accommodate dietary needs.
- Lunch will be near the workshop. There will be tables. Dietary needs have been accommodated.
- Dinner will be provided at the workshop, with the exception of Wednesday. Some suggested places for Wednesday dinner are:
The Chimes 91% $$ - American, Seafood, Southern/Soul 3357 Highland Road
Louie's Cafe 88% - American, Breakfast/Brunch, Burgers 209 West State Street
Inga's Subs & Salads 91% - Sandwiches/Subs 254 W Chimes St
Chinese Combo King 87% - Chinese 166 W Chimes St
Koi Japanese Cuisine 86% - Chinese, Japanese, Sushi 217 W State St
Reginelli's Pizzeria 89% - Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 124 W Chimes St
Roul Deli 91% - Burgers, Sandwiches/Subs 3327 Highland Rd
Highland Coffees 95% - Bagels, Coffee, Tea 3350 Highland Rd
Raising Cane's Chicken... 91% - American, Fast Food, Southern/Soul 3313 Highland Rd
Bacio di Roma 88% - Coffee, Desserts/Ice Cream, Italian 128 W. Chimes St.
Ali Baba 77% - American, Burgers, Greek 228 West Chimes Street
The Pita Pit 73% - Sandwiches/Subs, Smoothies, Vegetarian 3260 Highland Rd. Suite #4
Chipotle Mexican Grill 80% - Mexican, Tex-Mex 101 W State Street
Five Guys Burgers & Fries 80% - Burgers, Fast Food, Hot Dogs/Sausages 3332 Highland Rd
Serranos Salsa 69% - Latin American, Mexican, Caribbean 3347 Highland Rd
Local Coordinator: Kathy Traxler
Lead Instructors: Mohammad Mobeen Ludin, Tom Murphy, and Aaron Weeden
About LSU: http://www.lsu.edu/visitors/images/thingstodo.pdf
About Baton Rouge: http://www.visitbatonrouge.com
LSU campus map: http://campusmap.lsu.edu/
LSU visitor parking map: https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/parking/files/2011/08/VC_parking_map_FINAL-8_11_11.pdf
The workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program grant #EPS-1003897.
For more information, please contact Kathy Traxler at ktraxler-at-cct.lsu.edu.
For local questions and about lodging, please contact Karen Jones at kjones-at-cct.lsu.edu.