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An introduction to parallel programming using Message Passing with MPI, 8 - 10 November 2016

Message Passing is presently the most widely deployed programming model in massively parallel high performance computing. Message passing is suitable for programming a wide range of current computer architectures, ranging from multi-core desk top equipment to the fastest HPC systems in the world, offering several hundred thousand processing elements.

The course is at the beginners level and assumes no prior experience in parallel computing. The concepts behind message passing and distributed memory computing will be introduced and the syntax of the key MPI calls will be explained. The course will include point-to-point communications, non-blocking communication and the collective communications calls. Practical sessions to deepen the understanding of the lectures will be part of the course. At the end of the course participants should be able to write their own MPI programs at an intermediate level. The teaching language will be English.


The course forms part of the SNIC coordinated training in HPC.  It is open to users from all six SNIC HPC centres and academics throughout the Nordic region.


Participants should be able to write simple programs in either of C or Fortran.

The lecturer

Joachim Hein is a researcher in the centre of Mathematical Sciences at Lund University and the SNIC parallel expert based at Lunarc, the center for scientific and technical computing for research at Lund University. He has over than 20 years experience in parallel computing.

Time and location

The course starts the 8th November and ends on the 10th November 2016.  The course will start at 09:00 and finish at 17:00 each day.

The course will take place in the V-huset of LTH.


To register, please fill in the registration form.  The form is asking for a mobile number.  Please bring  that mobile phone along when attending the course.  The phone is required as part of the security mechanism when doing the practicals in during the course.

Registration is now closed!


Questions and queries regarding the course should be directed to Lunarc, using the support form.

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