Intel Cherry Creek Developer Training Event Held; Future Workshops Planned

Nov. 20, 2014

More than 50 UNLV faculty and students and four computational scientists from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center recently participated in a one-day Intel training workshop designed to facilitate use of the new Cherry Creek Supercomputer.

The training provided UNLV faculty and student software developers with the foundation needed for modernizing their research codes to take advantage of the parallel architectures found in the new supercomputer. 

Additional workshops will be scheduled for early 2015 by Intel.

Las Vegas-based Switch SUPERNAP and tech giant Intel recently awarded UNLV the use of the Intel Cherry Creek supercomputer, which ranks among the world’s fastest supercomputers for its combination of speed, power, and energy efficiency. 

The session covered an overview of parallel programming frameworks and optimization guidelines for multi-core CPUs (Intel® Xeon®) and many-core coprocessors (Intel® Xeon Phi™), as well as the following:

  • Real-life examples of code and optimization techniques;
  • The three layers of parallelism: SIMD, threads, and the cluster environment;
  • Tips for quick porting/development of HPC software applications; and
  • Hardware solution and corresponding software implementations, APIs, and framework

For more information about the Cherry Creek Supercomputer or future workshops, contact UNLV’s National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment at 702-895-4153.