GPU Hackathons provide exciting opportunities for scientists to accelerate their AI research or HPC codes under the guidance of expert mentors from National Labs, Universities and Industry leaders in a collaborative environment.

The SDSC Hackathon is a multi-day event designed to help teams of three to six developers accelerate their own codes on GPUs using a programming model, or machine learning framework of their choice. Each team is assigned mentors for the duration of the event. 

Prerequisites

  • Teams are expected to be fluent with the code or project they bring to the event and motivated to make progress during the hackathon. 
  • No advanced GPU skills required, but teams are expected to know the basics of GPU programming and profiling at the event. A collection of GPU lectures, tutorials, and labs are available for all participants at no fee. Please contact organizers for more information to help you prepare for the hackathon. 

GPU Compute Resource

Teams attending the event will be given access to a GPU cluster for the duration of the hackathon. If participants prefer they can use their own GPU resource at the event.

Event Format

The SDSC GPU Hackathon will be hosted online with all times Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Each team will be assigned to a virtual breakout room to work with mentors on their codes and will present reports (SCRUMS) on their progress to all participants in the main virtual meeting space daily. 

Attending the Hackathon

If your team is accepted for the hackathon, registration information will be provided along with mentor introductions and computational resource access. Accepted teams should:

  • Register all team members for the event.
  • Review the attendee guide

To get a better idea of what the virtual GPU Hackathon will be like, check out this blog post on the first virtual hackathon in the series hosted by San Diego Supercomputer Center. 

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is a leader and pioneer in high-performance and data-intensive computing, providing cyberinfrastructure resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, academia, and industry. Located on the UC San Diego campus, SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from astrophysics and earth sciences to disease research and drug discovery. In December 2020 SDSC’s newest National Science Foundation-funded supercomputer, Expanse, entered production. At over twice the performance of CometExpanse supports SDSC’s theme of ‘Computing without Boundaries’ with a data-centric architecture, public cloud integration, and state-of-the art GPUs for incorporating experimental facilities and edge computing.

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Eligibility

The ability to access the supercomputing resources used in the hackathon is mandatory for participation. The following restrictions apply to foreign nationals: 

  • Foreign nationals from countries that appear on a restricted foreign country listing in section 15 CFR 740.7 License Exceptions for Computers (including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) require a very lengthy approval process for access to DOE supercomputers, which will not complete in time for the hackathon.
  • Foreign nationals from countries other than those listed above will need a valid passport with an expiration date beyond the end of the hackathon (May 13, 2021) and other pertinent supporting documents.

     

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Important Event Dates

  • SDSC GPU Hackathon Application Deadline
  • SDSC GPU Hackathon Day 1
  • SDSC GPU Hackathon Day 2
  • SDSC GPU Hackathon Day 3
  • SDSC GPU Hackathon Day 1

Questions?