Advanced OpenCL Tutorial on May 11th at Stanford University to Kick-off IWOCL 2015 OpenCL Developer Conference

Advanced Hands-On OpenCL tutorial helps developers discover the best ways to solving problems in heterogeneous parallel computing

Stanford, CA – 21 April 2015. The organisers of IWOCL (“eye-wok-ul”), the International Workshop on OpenCL, today announced that AMD and HP have sponsored the Advanced Hands-On OpenCL Tutorial that will kick-off IWOCL 2015.  The tutorial, which will focus on advanced OpenCL concepts, is an extension of the highly successful ‘Hands on OpenCL’ course which has received over 3,000 downloads.  Simon McIntosh-Smith, Senior Lecturer in High Performance Computing and Architectures at the University of Bristol and one of the authors of the original open-source course will lead the tutorial.

The full-day Advanced Hands-On OpenCL tutorial takes place on Monday 11th May at the Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University.  Registration is $145.  For additional information visit: http://www.iwocl.org/conf-2015/handsonopencl-tutorial/

IWOCL is the annual meeting of developers, researchers and suppliers to share knowledge and advance the Khronos OpenCL parallel programming open standard.

“IWOCL 2015 provides an ideal forum for the discussion of all things OpenCL and its use in state-of–the-art parallel programming.” said Simon-McIntosh-Smith, IWOCL Chair and Head of the Microelectronics Research Group at the University of Bristol. “OpenCL has already gathered considerable momentum amongst application developers and I’m delighted to offer attendees the opportunity to extend their OpenCL knowledge by running an advanced version of the open source Hands-On OpenCL tutorial”.

The tutorial will be a 50/50 split between lectures and exercises and will use a mix of OpenCL C and C++ host APIs.  Attendees will use their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OS/X) to log onto the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server powered by an AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU running OpenCL 2.0.  Alternatively, students can run the exercise on their laptops using their preferred OpenCL SDK. Attendees should already be familiar with OpenCL and have written at least one OpenCL program.

About the Presenter

simon_mugshotSimon McIntosh-Smith is a leading OpenCL trainer, having taught the subject since 2009.  He has run many OpenCL training courses at conferences such as SuperComputing and HiPEAC, and has provided OpenCL training for the UK’s national supercomputing service and for the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.  With OpenCL training experience ranging from half day on-site introductions within companies, to three-day intensive hands-on workshops, Simon provides standard and customized OpenCL training courses.  The Advanced OpenCL tutorial will also be supported by members of Simon’s research team, all of whom are experienced OpenCL software developers.  Follow Simon @simonmcs 

About IWOCL

IWOCL is open to anyone who is interested in contributing to, and participating in the OpenCL community and is the premier forum for the presentation and discussion of new designs, trends, algorithms, programming models, software, tools and ideas for OpenCL. Additionally, IWOCL provides a formal channel for community feedback to the Khronos Group’s OpenCL workgroup. IWOCL is a not-for profit community group that is run by and for the benefit of all OpenCL developers. IWOCL 2015 runs from 11-13 May, 2015 at the Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University, CA. http://www.iwocl.org

The advanced tutorial is sponsored by AMD and HP. The IWOCL Conference is made possible by the generous support of all its sponsors including; Altera, AMD, Auviz Systems, Codeplay, hpgu.org, Imagination Technologies, Intel, The Khronos Group, Qualcomm, Stream Computing, ViennaCL, Xilinx and the University of Bristol.

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