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RCI and XSEDE are pleased to announce a regular series of remote workshops on High Performance Computing topics. These hands-on workshops provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in HPC.


12/3/2015, OpenACC Workshop

RCI will be hosting an XSEDE remote OpenACC workshop on Thursday, December 3 from 11am – 5pm . This one day XSEDE event is presented by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. This workshop assumes knowledge of either C or Fortran programming. It will have a hands-on component using the Blue Waters which is deployed at NCSA.


The videoconference will be held in the 3rd floor auditorium, Room 320, at 1244 Blossom St. Registration for the event is on XSEDE’s website and requires a free XSEDE account  for sign-up. This space is not a lab, so please bring a laptop if you wish to participate in the hands-on exercises. Parking is available at street meters or for $3/day in the Horizon Garage.


50 spots are available for this free event.


Please visit to register for this event.


Tentative Agenda

Thursday, December 3
All times given are Eastern time
11:00 Welcome

11:15 Computing Environment

11:45 Parallel Computing and Accelerators

12:15 Introduction to OpenACC

1:00 Lunch break

2:00 Introduction to OpenACC, con’t

3:45 Using OpenACC with CUDA Libraries

4:00 Advanced OpenACC

4:30 OpenMP 4.0 Sneak Peek

5:00 Final Notes and Adjourn


2/27/2015, In-Depth Introduction to Using R for HPC (XSEDE Webcast)

You may register for the webcast here or, if you cannot get a seat, RCI will be displaying the webcast in Room 320, 1244 Blossom St. from 1pm – 5pm on 2/27. 

This half day (4 hour) tutorial will introduce the attendee to debugging, profiling and performance analysis, optimization, foreign language API’s, and parallel programming with R. There will also be a comprehensive hands-on component to reinforce topics introduced during the lecture portion. The tutorial is ideally suited for those already working with R, as well as service providers who are serving R customers. The content is appropriate for any students, researchers, or staff who are working with R and interested in performance.

This is a joint training between the University of Tennessee, NIMBioS, XSEDE, and NICS. 


September 2 - HPC Monthly Workshop:Big Data

Please register for the workshop via this link, you will need to create a free XSEDE account

This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and SPARQL.

11:00AM – 1:00PM Eastern Time

--Big Data Programming with Hadoop and Spark

This session will give an overview of programming big data applications focusing on Hadoop and Spark.

I. Hadoop System Overview
This section will cover the basics of the Hadoop Environment. We will discuss the Map Reduce daemons, the scheduling and monitoring environment, and interacting with the distributed file system (HDFS).

II. Hadoop Jobs
We will write a simple Java Map/Reduce program and run through the process of compiling, packaging, submitting, monitoring, and collecting the output of a Hadoop job. We will also briefly discuss other applications that run on the Hadoop platform such as HBase and Hadoop Streaming.

III. Spark
We will discuss the Spark platform and its concept of Resilient Distributed Datasets. We will cover the relationship between Spark and Hadoop, and we will write and submit an example job. We will also discuss the Spark Machine Learning API.

2:00PM – 5:00PM Eastern Time

--Urika Training--

o Learn the Graph Analytic approach to Data analysis, including some real-world examples.

o Gain an introduction to the RDF data format and the SPARQL query lanquage, with hands-on practice.

o Learn how to interact with the Sherlock Urika system.

There is no registration fee for this workshop.


RCI will host a remote site for the XSEDE workshops beginning in August 2013 and continuing through 2014.  Attendees will participate through video conferencing capabilities available at USC.  The workshops are available for faculty, staff, and students from USC and other institutions within South Carolina. Sign up below to be included on email announcements for upcoming workshops

Please email any questions about these workshops to