Hackathon:

Helmholtz GPU Hackathon 2024

Monday, 15.04. - Friday, 26.04.2024 · 9 am - 5 pm
hybrid

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), and the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA) together with NVIDIA and OpenACC will co-organize the Helmholtz GPU Hackathon 2024 starting April 15 and concluding April 26. The event will be hosted by CASUS in Görlitz (close to Dresden).

GPU Hackathons provide exciting opportunities for scientists to accelerate their AI or HPC research under the guidance of expert mentors from national laboratories, universities and industry leaders in a collaborative environment.

Representing distinguished scholars and preeminent institutions around the world, these teams of mentors and attendees work together to realize performance gains and speedups using a variety of programming models, libraries, and tools.

The goal of the GPU Hackathon is for computational scientists to port, accelerate, and optimize their scientific applications to modern computer architectures, including CPUs, GPUs and other computing technologies. Participating teams should leave the event either with their applications accelerated and/or optimized on the latest supercomputing hardware or a clear roadmap of the next steps needed to leverage these resources.

The deadline for registration is January 31, 2024!

Register here!

Agenda

*All times are in CEST. Agenda is subject to change

Day 1: April 15, 2024 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • 09:00 AM - 09:20 AM: Welcome and online tools overview
  • 09:20 AM - 09:40 AM: Cluster Introductions 
  • 09:40 AM - 10:20 AM: 1st team introduction presentations (3-min per team)
  • 10:20 AM - 10:30 AM: Mentor Introductions
  • 10:30 PM - 05:00 PM: Teams and Mentors work in breakout rooms

Day 2: April 23, 2024 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Daily SCRUMS. Teams present to highlight daily progress
  • 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM: Teams work on codes with mentors

Day 3: April 24, 2024 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Daily SCRUMS. Teams present to highlight daily progress
  • 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM: Teams work on codes with mentors

Day 4: April 25, 2024 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Daily SCRUMS. Teams present to highlight daily progress
  • 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM: Teams work on codes with mentors

Day 5: April 26, 2023// 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Teams work on codes with mentors
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Final team presentations (7-min per team)

Logistics

Venue

CASUS @ Werk1 Görlitz
Conrad-Schiedt-Straße 20
02826 Görlitz

Prerequisites

  • Teams are expected to be fluent with the code or project they bring to the event and motivated to make progress during the hackathon. 
  • A minimum of 3 team members must participate throughout the entire event. Lack of complete participation will result in the entire team being excused.
  • Projects brought to the event are required to have a license attached and detailed in the application. For more information on why licenses are important and how to obtain one, please use the following links:

Preparation

Event Format

The Helmholtz Open Hackathon will be hosted as a hybrid event. Days 0-1 (April 8 and 15) will be held virtually, and Days 2-5 (April 23 - 26) in-person at CASUS in Görlitz. All communication before the event will go through Slack and email. This event will be conducted in the Central European Summer Time Zone. Attendees are responsible to cover their travel expenses.

Computer Resource

Attendees will be given access to a GPU cluster for the duration of the hackathon.

Attending the Hackathon

If your team is accepted for the hackathon, registration information will be provided along with mentor introductions and computational resource access. Accepted teams should:

  • Register all team members for the event.
  • Review the attendee guide

Recommended

No advanced GPU skills are required, but it is helpful for teams to know the basics of GPU programming and profiling. We recommend familiarizing yourself with these concepts by accessing any of the no-charge GPU lectures, tutorials, and labs available to all participants. Please contact the organizers for more information to help you prepare for the hackathon.

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