CERN Openlab/Intel Summer 2010 Computer Architecture and Performance Tuning Workshop 22-23 September, Geneva, Switzerland
The aim of the lectures and exercises contained in this workshop is to give the attendees a practical introduction to performance optimization and monitoring on Linux based on a good understanding of modern computer architectures.
While the focus will be on C and C++, programmers of other languages will also benefit from the performance monitoring and hardware related classes. Non-expert users should feel more than welcome, as the course will be an excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge related to computer architecture and performance optimization.
The invited guest speaker will be David Levinthal of Intel Corporation, one of the top performance optimization experts in the field. Perfmon2 will serve as the primary tool used during the course, enabling the participants to discover how the structure of the code influences its performance.
An in-depth compiler study is foreseen, where an expert from the Intel compiler team will explain the pitfalls of floating point computation, and the key highlights and differences of GCC and the Intel compiler, which is available freely for use at CERN. The participants will be given the task of correlating performance figures with certain programming decisions. In addition, participants will understand the limits of performance tuning and the ways to establish at which point inside those limits their workload is placed. The exercises will be supported by demonstrating real-world problems in production environments.
• Day 1, AM: Lectures
• Day 2, AM: Lectures
The workshop is organized by CERN openlab and Intel for users affiliated with CERN, free of charge at this time. Registrations are based on a first-come first-served basis – 40 seats are available for the lectures and the hands-on exercises – please indicate which are of interest to you during registration. Please note that for the hands-on labs you need to bring a portable computer with you to access the exercise machines. Go to CTA or EDH in order to register. All registrations will be confirmed by e-mail – a registration in EDH is required and does not yet guarantee a place in the workshop. Contact Openlab for further information.