2 Jun 2021
3 Jun 2021
From deep learning to high-performance computing, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are nowadays an important tool for scholars and research software engineers alike. Parallel in nature, they offer incredible computing capabilities that just a few years ago were only available in supercomputers. While using GPUs to accelerate computation becomes easier year after year, obtaining high performance from these devices still requires some knowledge of how they work, and the programming model on which they are based.
In this workshop, we will provide the learners with the fundamental knowledge that they need to start their journey into the world of programming GPUs. After a brief introduction to the specificities of GPUs, and how they differ from traditional processors, participants will experience various ways of using them with Python. They will get familiar with libraries such as CuPy and Numba to accelerate Python code and have the first-hand experience in writing small CUDA programs that can run directly on the GPU. The workshop is based on the teaching style of the Carpentries, and learners will follow along while the instructors share their screen coding.