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Date: November 13th & 16th 2011
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle Washington

Connecting Communities through HPC. To build a larger, more diverse, knowledgeable and skilled community, SC11 is focusing on innovating HPC applications and advancing scientific discovery for the local, regional, national and global society.

BOF: OpenCL: the ultimate in portable parallel programming

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2011 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Room: TCC 101

Join us to learn the latest about OpenCL (including a significant announcement!) and pick up a free reference card!


Heterogeneous computing with CPUs, GPUs, and other processors has arrived. It seems everyone is experimenting with it. To move from “experimenting with” to “routine production computing platform” we need a rich software ecosystem. And that means we need a standard software platform so programmers can “write once to compile and run anywhere”. OpenCL is that standard. In this BOF we will talk about what’s new with OpenCL. We will also have a panel of experts discuss controversial and engaging issues pertaining to OpenCL. But most importantly, we will engage with the attendees to answer questions, gather input for future development of OpenCL, and have a good time sharing experiences with this new programming model.

OpenCL Sessions

Time Type Presentation Speaker Room
Sunday November 13
8:30AM - 5:00PM
Tutorial   Tim Mattson, Intel
Benedict Gaster, AMD
Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol


OpenCL is an open standard for programming heterogeneous computers composed of CPUs, GPUs and other processors. OpenCL consists of a framework to define the platform as a host (typically 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 parallel programs that use all the resources of the heterogeneous computer. In this hands-on tutorial, we will introduce OpenCL. The format will be a 50/50 split between lectures and exercises. Students will use their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OS/X) ideally with OpenCL already loaded (see for information about available OpenCL compilers). We will also provide online systems that can run OpenCL. Students should load putty or some other terminal client prior to the tutorial in order to use these online systems.

Khronos Members at SC11

AMD - Booth 823 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading HPC, cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers.

Fujitsu Limited - Booth 815 - Fujitsu is working in collaboration with RIKEN to develop the 10-PFLOPS “K computer,” that took first place on the previous TOP500. At SC11, the K computer and its technologies, x86-based “Ready2Go” PRIMERGY Cluster solutions, and a broad range of HPC offerings will be highlighted. Through its continued development and manufacturing of advanced supercomputers, Fujitsu aims to contribute to the advancement of computer simulations and work with customers towards a prosperous and promising future.

HP - Booth 603 - As a world-leading information technology company, HP applies new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology. Our focus is to continuously improve the way our customers live and work through technology products and services, form the individual consumer to the largest enterprise.

IBM - Booth 2131 - IBM High Performance Computing/Technical Computing delivers powerful, innovative solutions to customers' most challenging and complex problems, enabling businesses and researchers to innovate and achieve breakthrough results. IBM takes a holistic approach to High Performance Computing that involves designing and delivering complete, robust technical solutions that are easy to acquire and access, environmentally responsible, competitively priced, and backed by world-class support.

Intel Corporation - Booths 2119, 2121, 2425

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Booth 2113 - Los Alamos National Laboratory is a premier national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions for the nation's most crucial and complex problems. Our primary responsibility is ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent.
The Los Alamos of today emphasizes worker safety, effective operational safeguards & security, and environmental stewardship, while outstanding science remains the foundation of the Laboratory.
In addition to supporting the Lab's core national security mission, our work advances bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, materials science, and physics disciplines.

NEC Corporation - Booth 2331 - NEC is the leading solutions provider for high performance computing. NEC builds highly efficient and powerful HPC systems with its advanced technology. The full range of HPC solutions includes SX series vector supercomputers, SMP scalar servers, cluster systems, high performance network and storage solutions. Teaming with partners and customers, NEC delivers world class large scale IT solutions.

NVIDIA - Booth: 2719 - NVIDIA is the world leader in visual computing technologies and inventor of the GPU. NVIDIA® serves the high performance computing market with its Tesla™ GPU computing products, available from all major OEMs and specialized resellers. Based on the CUDA™ parallel computing architecture, NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing products are companion processors to the CPU and designed from the ground up for HPC to accelerate application performance.

Oracle America, Inc. - Booth: 5701 - Company Description: Oracle provides the world’s most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems, with more than 370,000 customers—including 100 of the Fortune 100—representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 145 countries around the globe. Oracle's product strategy provides flexibility and choice to our customers across their IT infrastructure. Now, with Sun server, storage, operating-system, and virtualization technology, Oracle is the only vendor able to offer a complete technology stack in which every layer is integrated to work together as a single system.

Samsung - Booth 134 - Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. As the leader in advanced memory solutions, Samsung Semiconductor is the largest producer of Green DDR3 memory and advanced Green SSDs for virtualized data centers, clients, cloud computing networks and corporate infrastructure. In addition, it is the largest producer of NAND Flash memory, SRAM and high-end graphics memory as well as a leading global producer of system logic, sensors, optical disk drives, displays, hard drives and controllers. Further, the company provides fabless and fab-lite customers with state-of-the-art design and manufacturing at 90, 65, 45 and 32/28 nanometers.

Texas Instruments - Booth 4200 - Texas Instruments’ multicore processors are well suited for a wide variety of High Performance Computing applications, delivering ultra high performance and significant power savings. TI will be demonstrating a quad-DSP, PCIe solution with >500 GFLOPs in 50W, along with key benchmarks from applications such as medical imaging, oil and gas exploration, and finance. TI will also demonstrate the flexibility of its multicore DSPs where the DSP card can be used as an accelerator card or a platform for running a complete solution on its own. The performance and scalability of TI’s multicore DSPs allows customers to embed high performance computing into a wide variety of solutions.