Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), Spring 2018

January 2, 2018


Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), Spring 2018
Available live in person and live via videoconferencing

Tuesdays starting Jan 23 2018 (through Tue May 1 2018)

  • Live in person on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus
  • Live via videoconferencing worldwide

(Details of both to be announced.)

Registration is open!

(You only need to register once for the whole semester, not for every week.)

So far, the SiPE workshops have reached over 2000 people at 362 institutions, agencies, companies and organizations in 51 US states and territories and 17 other countries:

  • 251 academic institutions;
  • 44 government agencies;
  • 49 private companies;
  • 18 non-governmental/not-for-profit organizations.

SiPE is targeted at an audience of not only computer scientists
but especially scientists and engineers, including a mixture of
undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff and

These workshops focus on fundamental issues of High Performance Computing (HPC) as they relate to Computational and Data-enabled Science & Engineering (CDS&E), including:

  • overview of HPC;
  • the storage hierarchy;
  • instruction-level parallelism;
  • high performance compilers;
  • shared memory parallelism (e.g., OpenMP);
  • distributed parallelism (e.g., MPI);
  • HPC application types and parallel paradigms;
  • multicore optimization;
  • high throughput computing;
  • accelerator computing (e.g., GPUs);
  • scientific and I/O libraries;
  • scientific visualization.

The key philosophy of the SiPE workshops is that HPC-based software should be maintainable, extensible and, most especially, portable across platforms, and should be sufficiently flexible that it can adapt to, and adopt, emerging HPC paradigms.


1 semester of programming experience and/or coursework in any of Fortan, C, C++ or Java, recently