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November 14-20 2009
SEE KHRONOS: Nov 17-19
Portland Convention Center, Portland, Oregon

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Location: #242
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Tutorial: OpenCL: A Standard Platform for Programming Heterogeneous Parallel Computers

Date: Monday, 16 November 2009, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Room: Oregon Ballroom #204


OpenCL is a standard for programming heterogeneous computers built from CPUs, GPUs and other processors. It includes a framework to define the platform in terms of a host (e.g. a CPU) and one or more compute devices (e.g. a GPU) plus a C-based programming language for writing programs for the compute devices. Using OpenCL, a programmer can write task-based and data-parallel programs that use all the resources of the heterogeneous computer. In this tutorial, we will introduce OpenCL. We will walk through the specification explaining the key features and how to use them to write HPC software. We will then provide a series of case studies to show how OpenCL is used in practice. By the conclusion of the tutorial, people should be able to start writing complex scientific computing applications on their own using OpenCL.


BOF: Can OpenCL Save HPC?

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2009 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Room: E145-146


With the number of exotic computing architectures on the rise – not to mention multicore and hybrid platforms, combined with the fact that these “accelerated” solutions might just offer the best bang for the buck, what chance does the average computational scientist have to write portable, sustainable code? Enter OpenCL, a framework expressly designed to address these issues.In this BOF, we will answer the questions, “What is it?”, “How do I use it?”, “How does it work for HPC?”, and “Where can I get it?”. In addition, there will be a lighthearted and lively panel discussion/debate on the direction and potential for this emerging standard.


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