Arm HPC User Group to Host First Annual Meeting in Portugal

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Arm’s HPC User Group (A-HUG) is transitioning to a fully-fledged community-led organization to better support the Arm ecosystem. The first annual meeting of the community-lead A-HUG will be held March 12-13 in Porto, Portugal.

The A-HUG event will include a hands-on training event and excellent talks covering the broad landscape of early systems & experience, near-term expectations for new hardware, and long term trends for architectures. Vendors are stepping up with sponsorships and there is planned time for mingling, interaction and to enjoy the wonderful sights of the city of Porto, Portugal.


  • March 11: SVE introductory hack-a-thon @ INESC TEC facility, followed by Welcome Reception
  • March 12 – 13: General Meeting

Topics include:

  • Introduction to the Arm HPC User Group + elections of officers (see call below)
  • Update from Japan on Fugaku system @ RIKEN
  • Introduction to INESC TEC
  • MontBlanc 2020
  • Astra (Sandia National Laboratory) update & experiences
  • Arm + NVIDIA experiences at ORNL
  • Advances and updates on SVE: optimizations and futures (multiple talks)
  • Initiatives in AI & ML (multiple talks)
  • Software tools, experiences and support (multiple talks)
  • Panel discussion on the ecosystem, technology and business

Call for Volunteers:

The Arm HPC User Group – A-HUG is just starting and looking for volunteers. There will be a formal board elected at the first event (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary). If you are interested in volunteering for a position, or nominating someone else, please send that info into Nominations will be gathered up to just prior to holding a vote in Porto.

Hackathon Theme:

Arm’s Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) has arrived, but what does SVE mean for typical high performance computing (HPC) workloads and how do you use it? This non-NDA event targets students and researchers developing HPC applications for emerging architectures. We will present the fundamentals of vector length agnostic programming, introduce software tools for working with SVE, and show how common HPC codes can be recompiled to take advantage of large vector lengths without code modifications. Remote access to Arm hardware will be provided.

Contact: is the event contact info for now. Look for an election at the Porto event, followed by disclosure of officers, roles & volunteers to lead this activity forward.

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  1. Ludmila Cherkasova says

    I have seen a broad external interest to Arm HPC during the last Arm Research summit 2019 in Austin, USA: fantastic results and involved community! Hoping to see even more impactful meetings and result sin 2020!