SYCL Takes Center Stage at SC19

SYCL Takes Center Stage at SC19

SuperComputing (SC19) is the largest gathering of high performance computing experts in the world and it kicks off this weekend, Sunday, November 17 in Denver, CO. To kick off the conference, the Fifth International Workshop on Heterogeneous High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (H2RC 2019) will host two presentations on Sunday solely-focused on SYCL™, the Khronos® open standard language for C++ single-source heterogeneous programming for OpenCL™. The keynote delivered by Ronan Keryell from Khronos member, Xilinx and will outline the benefits of using SYCL for FPGA programming in a talk entitled "SYCL: A Single-Source C++ Standard for Heterogeneous Computing." Later in the morning at 11:00am Michael Kinsner and John Freeman from Intel will present "Data Flow Pipes: A SYCL Extension for Spatial Architectures," describing the pipes extension that enables a more usable and flexible interface.

On Thursday, November 21, Khronos and the SYCL Working Group will host a Birds of a Feather session focused on the current and future plans for SYCL. Join the group at 12:15 pm along with Simon Mcintosh-Smith from the University of Bristol and Michael Wong, chair of the SYCL Working Group.

And finally on the last day of SC19, Friday, November 22, there is a session comparing the implementation and performance of a Wilson Dslash Stencil Operator Mini-App using Kokkos and SYCL starting at 8:50 am. Bálint Joó from the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility along with co-authors will present their benchmark results and experience of developing this operator using both SYCL and Kokkos.

Find out more about how SYCL is represented on the SC19 agenda on the CodePlay Blog.

Additionally, Khronos’ new exploratory group on Analytics Rendering will have members participating at SC19 and available to talk about the new group and its goals. Khronos has created the Analytics Rendering Exploratory Group to assess the degree of interest from the industry in an open, higher level Analytics Rendering API that could significantly reduce software development costs, while making advanced rendering techniques more accessible and widely used. Companies such as NVIDIA, Intel, Delta h, Kitware, Oakridge National Labs, Survice Engineering Company and the Texas Advanced Computing Center are initial participants in the exploratory group. The group is open to any company without cost or IP licensing obligations and only requires signing an NDA. Find out more on the Analytic Rendering Exploratory group landing page or reach out to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to talk to someone from the group.

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