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Penn State Institute for CyberScience to Host HPC Workshops

HPC involves computers far more powerful than typical desktop machines, with tens of thousands of processors, compared to four or eight in a normal computer. Using HPC techniques, researchers can perform tasks in hours that a desktop computer would take weeks or months to complete.

The Jan. 17 workshop will present an introduction to Open Multi-Processing (OpenMP), a programming interface that allows users to execute tasks using multiple processing cores at once, speeding up the rate at which the tasks can be completed.

The workshop is open to all Penn State faculty and students. Participants should possess basic experience working in a Linux-based HPC environment and will need to bring a laptop to the workshop. Registration for the workshop is available here. A free XSEDE account is required to participate, and can be obtained here.

XSEDE is a national partnership of universities and research centers devoted to providing HPC resources and training. The partnership results from a five-year, $121-million project supported by the National Science Foundation. ICS plans to host XSEDE workshops on HPC topics monthly. The second workshop will be held on Feb. 10 and focus on Big Data.

Please direct questions about ICS XSEDE workshops to Penn State’s XSEDE Campus Champion, Chuck Pavloski, at cfp102@psu.edu.

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