VI-SEEM Interdisciplinary Regional Training and PRACE 2017 Spring School, organized by The Cyprus Institute, April 25-27 2017, Nicosia, Cyprus

The PRACE 2017 Spring School was a joint training event with the VI-SEEM project and was organised by CaSToRC at The Cyprus Institute. The school was a 3-day event starting Tuesday 25 April and ending Thursday 27 April 2017.

The Seasonal School provided insights into topics of high interest to people of the PRACE, VI-SEEM and European communities and had two parallel sessions – a Developer Track and a System Administration Track.


The Developer Track includes (among others) the following topics:

– Introduction to Parallel and Scalable Machine Learning: Basics and Parallelization Benefits

– Introduction to Deep Learning with Convolutional Neural Networks & Applications

– Accelerator Programming: GPU and Xeon Phi

– Data Visualisation: Information visualization, visual analytics, VisIt


Speakers from the EUDAT, OpenSESAME and VI-SEEM projects also presented these project and relevant case studies.


For more details on the Developer Track please visit the link below:


The System Administration Track includes (among others) the following topics:

– System Administration Tools: Easybuild and other tools

– Security Aspects of HPC Centers

– PRACE Network and Monitoring Issues

– System Monitoring

– Cloud Services – OpenStack

— OpenStack and HPC, the crossroads of scientific research

— How to build your first OpenStack Cloud

— Considerations for maximising the performance of OpenStack

— RDMA enabled fabrics in an OpenStack environment

— IOPS in the cloud – impossible! Or is it?

— Case studies from HPC centres using OpenStack for HPC workloads.


For more details on the System Administration Track please visit the link below:


A Keynote Address was also given by the Winner of the 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC – Dr Zoe Cournia.


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For any questions concerning the Seasonal School please contact Stelios Erotokritou –