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New Book: OpenACC for Programmers

Sunita Chandrasekaran and Guido Juckeland have published a new book on Programming with OpenACC. Entitled OpenACC for Programmers: Concepts and Strategies, the book is one of the first comprehensive and practical overviews of OpenACC for massively parallel programming.

Scientists and technical professionals can use OpenACC to leverage the immense power of modern GPUs without the complexity traditionally associated with programming them. OpenACC for Programmers integrates contributions from 19 leading parallel-programming experts from academia, public research organizations, and industry. The authors and editors explain each key concept behind OpenACC, demonstrate how to use essential OpenACC development tools, and thoroughly explore each OpenACC feature set.

Throughout the book, you’ll find realistic examples, hands-on exercises, and case studies showcasing the efficient use of OpenACC language constructs. You’ll discover how OpenACC’s language constructs can be translated to maximize application performance, and how its standard interface can target multiple platforms via widely used programming languages.

Update: Check out the GitHub repository of application codes from the book.

Sunita Chandrasekaran

Sunita Chandrasekaran is assistant professor in the Computer and Information Sciences Department at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include exploring the suitability of high-level programming models and runtime systems for HPC and embedded platforms, and migrating scientific applications to heterogeneous computing systems. Dr. Chandrasekaran was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Houston and holds a Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is a member of OpenACC, OpenMP, MCA and SPEC HPG. She has served on the program committees of various conferences and workshops including SC, ISC, ICPP, CCGrid, Cluster, and PACT, and has co-chaired parallel programming workshops co-located with SC, ISC, IPDPS, and SIAM.

Guido Juckeland

Guido Juckeland is head of the Computational Science Group, Department for Information Services and Computing, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, and coordinates the work of the GPU Center of Excellence at Dresden. He and also represents HZDR at the SPEC High Performance Group and OpenACC committee. He received his Ph.D. from Technische Universität Dresden for his work on performance analysis for hardware accelerators. He was a Gordon Bell Award Finalist in 2013. Previously he worked as the IT-architect and post-doctoral researcher for the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) at TU Dresden, Germany. He has served on the program committees of various conferences and workshops, including ISC, EuroPar, CCGrid, ASHES, P^3MA, PMBS, WACCPD, and PACT, and has co-chaired parallel programming workshops co-located with SC.

In related news, the OpenACC User Group meeting will take place Nov. 15 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Denver at SC17.

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