14.09.2020 - 18.09.2020

Monday, 08:00 bis Friday, 16:00

Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy, Berlin or online

Helmholtz GPU Hackathon 2020

Photo: Alex Kotliarskyi / Unsplash

GPU Hackathons are five day intensive hands-on events designed to help computational scientists port their applications to GPUs using libraries, OpenACC, CUDA and other tools by pairing participants with dedicated mentors experienced in GPU programming and development. Representing distinguished scholars and preeminent institutions around the world, these teams of mentors and attendees work together to realize performance gains and speedups by taking advantage of parallel programming on GPUs.

The next GPU Hackathon that takes place in Europe will take place at the Helmholtz Information and Data Science Academy (HIDA) in Berlin on September 14-18, 2020. This event is jointly organized by Helmholtz- Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and J├╝lich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in association with the Helmholtz Federated IT Services Software Cluster (HIFIS).


The goal of the 5-day hands-on workshop is for current or prospective user groups of large-scale, GPU-accelerated systems to port their applications to GPU accelerators or to further optimize already ported applications. The teams should leave with applications running on GPUs, or at least with a clear roadmap of how to get there.

Access will be provided to the following GPU-accelerated supercomputers:

  • The TAURUS system at TU Dresden with NVIDIA K80 GPUs and Intel Haswell processors as well as NVIDIA V100 GPUs and IBM POWER9 processors
  •  The JUWELS cluster at JSC with NVIDIA V100 GPUs and Intel Skylake processors



The selected projects will receive mentors that will prepare them and their application for the hackathon week and will work with them in person during that week.

Join us for this one week of extreme immersion in GPU computing. If you are currently pondering if or how to move your application to GPUs, this event is for you and you should apply!


Additional info

The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions are difficult to predict. While the hackathon is currently planned as an in-person event, we may change this to a digital event leveraging the experiences of other hackathons. At this point we would like to encourage you to apply despite possible restrictions.


Application Deadline

Submit your application by July 14 2020 here.