The University of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom) held the first Sheffield GPU Hackathon on August 19-23, 2019 at Halifax Hall at Sheffield, United Kingdom. The University of Sheffield partnered with NVIDIA and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) to hold its first GPU hackathon, where seven applications teams worked alongside mentors with GPU-programming expertise to accelerate their scientific codes using GPUs.

Following the success of the first Sheffield GPU Hackathon, in 2020 we will once again bring together team of application developers some with little or no previous GPU programming experience to get their own codes running on GPUs, or to optimise their codes that currently run on GPUs, using OpenACC or other parallel programming models.

To read more about some success stores from the 2019 event please read the blog post on the RSE Sheffield website.


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 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 who have extensive experience in programming GPUs from universities, and NVIDIA and are knowledgeable in developing GPU-capable compilers. Programming experience with CUDA is not a requirement.

Call for proposals

The call for hacking projects is closed on 21st June 2019.

Applications are now closed


Halifax Hall Hotel
Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, United Kingdom S10 3ER

Halifax Hall