Following the success of our 2019 event, the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2020 online GPU Hackathon as part of the international GPU Hackathon Series. This event will take place July 27th - 31st, 2020 most likely as an online event unless government restrictions around COVID-19 are significantly altered. NVIDIA are committed to ensuring that developer and research communities can still participate in our GPU Hackathons and Bootcamps, enabling them to develop the hands-on skills needed to leverage GPUs to accelerate their scientific codes. Prior GPU experience is not required, as those selected will be paired with experienced mentors who will teach them how to leverage accelerated computing in their own applications or further optimize their codes.

Sheffield GPU Hackathon 2019


General-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. A challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been learning how to program them. These hackathons are intended to help overcome this challenge for new GPU programmers and also to help existing GPU programmers to further optimize their applications - a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs. Any and all GPU programming paradigms are welcome.

There will be intensive mentoring during this 5-day hands-on virtual workshop, with the goal that the teams leave with applications running on GPUs, or at least with a clear roadmap of how to get there. Each team will be assigned mentors from universities, national laboratories, supercomputing centers, industry partners, and NVIDIA who have extensive experience in programming GPUs. Teams will work with assigned mentors virtual prior to the hackathon and for the week of the hackathon. Programming experience with CUDA is not a requirement although training can be offered in advance of the event.

Who can apply

    We are looking for teams of 3-5 developers, ideally postdocs, research software engineers (RSEs) or graduate students with a scalable application to port to (or optimize on) GPU accelerators.

    Collectively, the team should know the application intimately.

Help Out

    We are currently looking for mentors from universities, national laboratories, supercomputing centers and industry partners to work as team mentors. Mentors will work in pairs within teams to support optimisation of the the teams code during the hackathon.

    If you are interested in volunteering to mentor then please contact the organisers.

The event is free

Registration for the GPUHackathon is free and no travel is required. GPU hardware will be made available to participants for the event.

Registration is now open.

Participants nominated to work on selected projects are invited to register only (approx 50 participants)

Important Dates

  • Deadline extened to 29th May 2020 – Call Closes for the GPU Hackathon 2020 Team Applications
  • 13th of June 2020 – Notification of admittance and Open Registration
  • 10th of July 2020 – Initial Meetings with Mentors
  • 20th of July 2020 – Day one of the Hackathon!
  • 27th, 28th, 29th of July 2020 – Days 2-4 of Hackathon

Call for proposals

The call for hacking projects is officially open early applications are welcome. The project leader should submit through the Hackathon Program Website

The call for proposals is now closed


Due to COVID-19 the Hackathon will run as an online event.


Registration is open until 10th of July for accpeted teams and mentors.