The University of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom) is pleased to announce that team applications for the Sheffield GPU Hackathon are now open. This event will take place August 19-23, 2019 at Halifax Hall at Sheffield, United Kingdom. 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.


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.

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.

Expenses and funding

Travel and accommodation

Registration for the GPUHackathon is free and includes all meals and refreshments during the meeting.

Registration is now open.

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

Participants are expected to cover their accommodation and travel. Staying at the venue is highly preferred, since it maximises networking with all participants and gets the most out of the hacking.

Important Dates

  • 1st of April 2019 – Open Call for the GPU Hackathon 2019
  • 15th of June 2019 21st of June 2019 (11:59 ET) (Extended) – End of the Open Call
  • 1st of July 2019 8th of July 2019 – Notification of admittance and Open Registration
  • 19th of August 2019 – Event Welcome!

Call for proposals

The call for hacking projects is open from 1st April and will close on 21st June 2019. The project leader will submit through the OAK RIDGE website

Applications are now closed


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

Halifax Hall