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Performance Optimisation @ EPCC

15-16 April 2013 James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings
When registering please state in the "Reason for Participation" section that you found out about this course from the HPC Short Courses Page.
For the official webpage for Performance Optimisation @ EPCC please go to their webpage

A Bursary of £100 towards travel can be claimed

Course Description

Application performance is one of the key requirements for HPC applications However, this is one of the more difficult requirements to satisfy. Issues affecting performance often vary between different hardware and software environments. This requires performance issues to be frequently re-visited as the hardware and software environment changes.

Topics include

Overview of performance programming; methodology of the optimisation cycle; designing for performance; encapsulation as an aid to performance tuning; tools for performance programming; profilers and code instrumentation; compilers and compiler optimisation; memory feirarchies; memory structures and associated optimisations.

Learning outcome

Students will gain a good practical understanding of the general issues and methodologies associated with designing building and refactoring codes to meet performance requirements.

Pre-requisites: C, C++ or Fortran.
Dates: from 15 April 2013 07:00 to 16 April 2013 15:30
Timezone: GMT
Location: James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Building
Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ,
Room: 3217
Additional info: This course is funded by the PRACE project and is free to all
Please register using the online form.
Note that in the week before this course, there will be one-day PRACE-funded courses on Large-Scale parallel Profiling with VAMPIR (8th April) and Large-Scale Parallel Debugging with DDT (12th April), as well as the EASC 2013 - Solving Software Challenges for Exascale - conference (9th - 11th April), which is not a PRACE-funded event, but may also be of interest to course attendees.
If you have any questions, please consult the course forum page or contact
Information about how to find the James Clerk, Maxwell Building (JCMB) can be found on the School of Physics and Astronomy website
Note that parking on the King's Buildings campus is by permit only, and that parking outside on Mayfield Road is restricted before 09:15 and 16:30 - and cars *will* be removed (with a hefty fee payable to get your car back) if parked there during the restricted times. Unrestricted free parking is available on nearby Hallhead Road, Ross Road, Blackbarony Road and Gordon Terrace to the east of the campus, and along the north side of the campus on West Mains Road.
A number of B&Bs and hotels can be found approximately 10 minutes' walk from EPCC, including:
* Smiths' Guest House, 77 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA
* Mayfield Lodge Guest House, 75 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA
* Highfield Guest House, 83 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AE
* Lauderville Guest House, 52 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 2NH
* Gelnisla Hotel, 12 Lygon Road, Edinburgh EH16 5QB
* Glendale House Guest House, 5 Lady Road, Edinburgh EH16 5PA
There is also the Travelodge Cameron Toll, 43 Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh EH16 5PD. Note that the room price does not include breakfast.