Specialist Workshops in Parallel Computing - SWPC2014

The use of computers in general and supercomputers in particular becomes ever more important in many fields of scientific research. High-performance computing (HPC) is increasingly becoming an important necessity in many domains of research and evolves rapidly both in hardware and software. As a result, scientific computing goes beyond running self-made programs on a supercomputer. In order to utilize the available HPC infrastructure to its full potential, knowledge of different computing paradigms, including parallel computing and advanced data structures, is required. This series of workshops features seminars on important HPC topics, introduced by experts in the field. Fundamental topics, such as multithreading and multiprocessing, Message Passing Interface (MPI), should feature in every edition. This can be completed with other, more specialist topics related to particular hardware, such as GPU programming and “Big Data”-related paradigms (e.g. Google MapReduce and Hadoop), or scientific program languages such as Fortran.

These workshops are organized by the Flemish Supercomputing Center (VSC), in collaboration with all Flemish Universities and their Doctoral Schools.


Every edition of SWPC spans several 1- or 2-day workshops, starting at 9:00 and lasting until 17:00, with sandwich lunches at the workshop locations. The different workshops are not intended to be back-to-back and are instead spread out in time, to maximize possibility for attendance by PhD students, Postdocs and Professors.

Scheduled workshops in 2014:

Upcoming workshops in 2014:

  • Hadoop (date currently not set)
  • Fortran (date currently not set)

Ghent venue: Multimediaroom, building S9, Campus De Sterre, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent

Leuven venue: Opleidingscentrum D, KU Leuven, Willem De Croylaan 52A BE-3001 Heverlee, Belgium

Course Material

  • Lecture notes, additional reading and other teaching material will be distributed to all participants
  • Participants are invited to bring their own laptop computer for the hands-on sessions during each of the workshops

Target audience and number of participants

The series of Specialist Workshops in Parallel Computing is especially targeting PhD students that have had a formal training in computer science, or have acquired the necessary technical computer science skills needed to take part in the hands-on sessions for each of the workshops. In particular, participants should have acquired a minimal level of programming skills (either C/C++ or Fortran programming languages), must be able to work on the Unix/Linux command line and have a general understanding of computer architecture.
Postdocs, staff members or non-academic interested parties can also participate depending on availability. Priority will be given to PhD students. This series of workshops is intended for a target audience of 25-50 participants, depending on the number of venues.


Subscription is free.

All participants to a session will receive a certificate of attendance. PhD students attending at least three entire days should be able to register this course in their Doctoral School curriculum.


Registration is closed

Important: Register before April 8, 2014. Registering for this event does not automatically imply that you can participate! As there usually is more interest in this course than there are places available, we will fairly hand out participation slots between the different research groups applying. April 9, we will send you a mail confirming whether or not you can attend the workshop.

Organizing Committee

  • Peter Dawyndt (Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, UGent)
  • Jan Fostier (Department of Information Technology, UGent)
  • Kenneth Hoste (Department of Information and Communication Technology, UGent, VSC)
  • Ewald Pauwels (Department of Information and Communication Technology, UGent, VSC)
  • Jan Ooghe (Department of Information and Communication: Technology and Systems, KULeuven, VSC)
  • Stefan Becuwe (Department of Mathematics – Informatics, University of Antwerp, VSC)
  • Rosette Vandenbroucke (Faculty of Sciences, Free University Brussels, VSC)
  • Geert Jan Bex (Central administrative office and Research coordination, Hasselt University, VSC)

Contact Information

For Ghent University

  • Ewald.Pauwels@UGent.be (Flemish Supercomputer Centre & Department of Information and Communication Technology)

For KULeuven

For University of Antwerp

For Hasselt University

For Free University Brussels

Supported by the Flemish Government