HPC and Data Science Summer Institute 2024

  • Preparation Day (virtual): Tuesday, July 30, 2024, from 9 am - 11 am (Pacific Time)

  • Summer Institute (in-person):
    - Monday, August 5 – Thursday, August 9, from 8 am - 5 pm (Pacific Time) 
    - Friday, August 9, from 8 am - 12:30 pm  (Pacific Time)

  • Location: SDSC Auditorium, UC San Diego campus


The SDSC Summer Institute is a week-long workshop hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego focusing on a broad spectrum of introductory-to-intermediate topics in High Performance Computing and Data Science. The program is aimed at researchers in academia and industry, especially in domains not traditionally engaged in supercomputing, who have problems that cannot typically be solved using local computing resources. 

Two Institutes in One

This year, the Summer Institute will continue with the two-part structure in response to the needs of our diverse user base and the increasingly diverse suite of resources and services that they need to utilize (often referred to as cyberinfrastructure). We recognize that while many researchers still need to write and parallelize their own software, a significant number of users of our supercomputers are not parallel/HPC/CI programmers (“non-programmers”). Rather, they use existing, robust third-party applications to solve problems in fields as diverse as phylogenetics, genomics, molecular biology, computational chemistry, material science, climate simulation and others. Nonetheless, these non-programmers still need to acquire specialized skills in order to effectively use advanced cyberinfrastructure.

This year’s Summer Institute will consist of two consecutive sessions, the first specifically focused on the needs of non-programmers:

Session 1 (Monday-Tuesday) Non-programming skills: Parallel computing concepts, intermediate Linux and bash scripting, hardware essentials, batch script execution, data management, cybersecurity, interactive computing, how to get help, code porting and installation, high throughput computing and Linux tools for file processing.

Session 2 (Wednesday-Friday) Programming skills: Performance tuning and optimization, profiling, parallelizing software using MPI and OpenMP, Git/GitHub, GPU programming with CUDA, Python for HPC, deep learning and scalable machine learning.

Researchers and educators from underrepresented groups and minority serving institutions (MSIs) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to give the attendees an overview of topics in High Performance Computing and Data Science and accelerate their learning process through highly interactive classes with hands-on tutorials on the Expanse Supercomputer.  Moreover, the attendees will have many opportunities to meet one-on-one with SDSC’s experts to discuss in detail the best techniques to solve their specific scientific problems. In order to benefit from the classes, the attendees are required to have familiarity with the UNIX/Linux shell. Basic programming skills (in any programming language) are strongly recommended.


Application submissions do not require a fee. A registration will be charged only after the application has been accepted.

  • Academic, Student, Government and Non-Profit Organizations: $350
  • Industry: $600