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The MPI (Message Passing Interface) API is a widely used standard set of interfaces for programming parallel computers ranging from multicore laptops to large-scale SMP servers and clusters. This workshop is directed at current or prospective users of parallel computers who want to significantly improve the performance of their programs by “parallelizing” the code on a wide range of platforms.

The content of the course ranges from introductory to intermediate. After a brief introduction to MPI, we talk about MPI fundamentals including about a dozen MPI routines to familiarize users with the basic concepts of MPI programming. Later we discuss and demonstrate user-defined data types, array in memory and distribution, and task distribution with examples.

Throughout this workshop we will perform simple exercises on a dedicated cluster to apply our newly gained knowledge practically.

Instructor: Gang Liu, CAC, Queen's University.

Prerequisites: Basic FORTRAN or C/++ programming.