Introduction course into Programming using MPI organized for Researchers and Students (PhD, MSc)

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Introduction course into Programming using MPI

organized for

Researchers and Students (PhD, MSc)

February 1, 2017


The majority of the modern supercomputers in the world are nowadays simply build by combining huge numbers of smaller computers, communicating with each other through some interconnecting network by means of a software layer. In most cases the software layer used is MPI. MPI stands for "Message Passing Interface" and already indicates that it is basically a way of exchanging information between individual computers.


This MPI software layer is an extension of the C programming language, and can be used to program large supercomputers or simply a group of small desktop computers in an easy way. As this introduction mainly consists of examples in C we recommend having a (rudimentary) understanding of a C-like programming language, such as C++, Java or similar language.


In this 1-day course the basic principles to understand programming with MPI are explained. A large part of the course will be dedicated to laboratory sessions with many examples. After this course you should be able to make simple MPI programs to be run on a supercomputer, but the same code runs just as well - although a little slower :-) - on some of your own desktop systems or even on a single multicore system. This makes MPI more versatile than e.g. OpenMP that is confined to shared memory multicore systems.


The number of participants is restricted to 20. This course is given once a year.


Teachers: C. Vuik and Ir. C.W.J. Lemmens




09:30 - 09:45 Introduction

09:45 - 10:30 Parallel computing in general - C. Vuik

10:45 - 11:30 Some basic concepts of MPI - Ir. C.W.J. Lemmens

11:45 - 12:30 Laboratory session part 1 - Ir. C.W.J. Lemmens

12:45 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 17:00 Laboratory session part 2 - Ir. C.W.J. Lemmens


Costs: For members of DCSE this course is free, TU Delft staff and students pay e 50,- for the

lunch and course material. For other participants the costs are e 200,- (including lunch and course



Registration: In order to attend this course please register at


Location: Laboratory Room at the fifth floor in the EWI building (room HB.05.150)


More info: or contact Kees Lemmens: