High performance computing (HPC) became nowadays a dynamic area in the use of computer resources and new technologies. It belongs to an interdisciplinary field as the disciplines where the used HPC tools are increasing on a regular basis. For this reason, it requires both the know-how of experts in all fields of science such as computer science and engineering.
One of the critical issues facing this discipline is the training of skilled experts in HPC.

South America has started to walk the path of strengthening in the field of the information technology, in particular, in the high performance computing area. Furthermore, the main challenge facing the small number of HPC experts is to exploit the opportunities offered by these continuously changing technologies.

This training course aims to become a step forward to start increasing the HPC experts not available now. The training course is addressed to two different profiles of students: those seeking to learn parallel programming techniques and those who are more advanced and seek expanding their knowledge in specific fields of science or novel techniques.


The school has two modules: Foundations of parallel programming and HPC Tools and applications.
Foundations of parallel programming aims to cover the techniques currently used in programming high performance applications:

  • Programming distributed memory, MPI (message passing): Dr. Paul Mininni (Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina).
  • Shared memory programming. OpenMP: Dr. Gónzalo Hernández Oliva (Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile) and PThreads: Dr. Sergio Nesmachnow and Mr. Gerardo Ares (Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de la República, Uruguay).
  • Use of video cards for computation (GPGPU): Dr. Nicolás Wolovick (Faculty of Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics, National University of Córdoba, Argentina).
Applications aims to show students the tools of High Performance Computing currently used in some high impact areas along with some advanced topics:
  • Numerical methods without mesh: Dr. Leo Miguel Gonzalez Gutierrez (School of Naval Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain).
  • HPC Tools for Bioinformatics: Dr. Adrián Roitberg (Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, USA), Dr. Adrián Turjanski and Dr. Marcelo Marti (Department of Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.)
  • Visualization: Dr. Juan Bautista Hernando Vietes (CeSViMa, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain).
  • Other models of parallelism: Dr. Adrián Cristal (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Barcelona, ​​Spain).

An online registration form will be available soon. We offer funding support to cover travel expenses for undergraduate and graduate students who live more than 50km from Buenos Aires.

Students who receive funding support to attend the event, will attend the event in its full duration and attend the Symposium HPCLatam by 23rd and July 24th. They also have to prepare a poster that include the current research results. The top three posters will be awarded and they also will be invited to present their work during the HPC Day in the Research Conference in Argentina.

The program will come soon.

13/4/2012: Confirmation of having funds to assist students. More information soon.

Contact e-mail: hpc2012 (at)