Joint HP-SEE, LinkSCEEM-2 and PRACE HPC Summer Training

The Joint HPC training organized by HP-SEELinkSCEEM-2 and PRACEwill gather scientists from the wide spectrum of fields this July in Athens, Greece.


The training  aims to enhance the knowledge of current HPC users, and to engage new user communities in the use of HPC infrastructure. It will take place from 13th to 15th of July 2011 at the training Center of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE Academy) in Athens, Greece.

The content consists of lectures and hands-on sessions in the field of HPC usage for multi-disciplinary scientific research communities with the focus on parallel programming methods, performance analysis tools and code optimization. The lectures will be given by accredited PRACE, HP-SEE and LinkSCEEM trainers and experts in the HPC field.


During the hands on sessions at the training room

The group photo at the last day of the event


Registration was open until the 1st of June and is now closed.

It is recommended that participants bring their own laptops for the hands-on sessions since training facilities does not provide PCs. Participants are also encouraged to work in teams of two.

The school can host up to 60 participants. Selection of participants will be based on their qualifications as declared in the registration form while extra care will be given so that participants from the regions of South Eastern Europe and Mediterranean countries that organise the school have the opportunity to attend the school.

Notification of acceptance to the training will be given to students no later than the 10th of June 2011.


You can see the current version of the programme for the training event here.

The main subjects to be covered in the training sessions are advanced modules in:

  • MPI, OpenMP, Hybrid Programming 
  • CUDA Programming
  • Profiling
  • Optimization and Benchmarking


Requirements for the hands on sessions

The hands on sessions are organized in a way that trainees should work in teams of two. Teams will be organized  on the spot based on laptops availability.

Wifi access will be provided to all trainees that wish to connect their laptops to the network.

Internet access will be available for accessing the web to download the presentations and get information on the subjects of the training.

Further more for most of the hands on sessions trainees will be given access to HPC machines via SSH.

Therefore an ssh client is required in all laptops that will be used for the hands on.

For the profiling hands on session a LiveDVD will be provided to all trainees. Trainees will work again in pairs (as will all other hands on sessions). Therefore trainees are encouraged to bring laptops that have DVDs so that they can boot their machines with the provided DVD.


Logistics and Details


The Joint HP-SEE, LinkSCEEM-2 and PRACE training will take place at OTE Academy, the training Center of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization




Room S010

OTE Academy
Pelika & Spartis 1, 15125 Marousi (Psalidi area)
Tel: +30 210 6114430 - Fax: +30 210 6114420



Hotels and Transportation

It is highly recommended that all participants to the Summer Trainign arrange their accommodation at President Hotel( GRNET has arranged for the transportation (bus) of all participants from President Hotel to the OTE Academy, where the Summer Training will take place:






From President hotel to the OTE Academy




From the OTE Academy to President hotel




Rates at President hotel: 
Single room: €70, breakfast included and taxes included

Double room: € 75, breakfast and taxes included 

Please note that in order to receive the above rate, you should make your reservation by sending to President Hotel (either with fax or e-mail) a completed form which addresses only the summer training participants. 
The form will be sent to you via direct e-mail with the acceptance of your registration. For contact details see in the form. Deadline for hotel room bookings is the 4th of July 2011. 

President Hotel:

President hotel is located at 43, Kifissias Avenue in Athens. Pointers to the closest metro station are shown in the following map:

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More information about President Hotel can be found at:

Reaching President Hotel from Athens International Airport.

By metro (option1):
President is accessible when arriving at the Airport with Metro Line 3: "Egaleo  - Athens International Airport"
The metro stations from Athens International Airport to Ampelokipi station (where you should get off to reach President Hotel) are:

•    Athens International Airport
•    Koropi
•    Peania- Kantza
•    Pallini
•    Doukissis Plakentias
•    Chalandri
•    Ethniki Amina
•    Katehaki
•    Panormou
•    Ambelokipi

The journey time from Athens International Airport to Ambelokipi is 20 minutes.

It’s a ten-minute walk from “Ampelokipi Station” of metro (Alexandras Avenue) to President Hotel (see map).

More information about ticket fares, timetables and journeys, please visit the Athens Metro Operation Company

By bus (option2)

Buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5. The following public bus route serving exclusively the airport brings you to the President hotel:

X95 “Syntagma - Athens Airport (Express)” 

At the Arrivals Level, take the X95 bus “Syntagma – Athens Airport (Express)”. The closest bus stop to President Hotel is “Pl. Ampelokipon” (Ampelokipi square). It takes 5 minutes to reach the hotel from this bus stop.

To reach Athens International Airport from President Hotel, take the X95 bus at “Karanika” bus stop, which is located at Michalakopoulou Avenue. 

More information about ticket fares and bus destinations can be found at the Athens Urban Transport Organization

By taxi (option 3)

Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level in AIA. Please note that coming to President hotel from the airport should cost around 30€.

More information about taxi charges can be found at the Athens International Airport website:

Reaching Athens International Airport from the OTE Academy

Using the suburban rail (option1):

Athens International Airport is accessible when departing from the OTE Academy through the suburban rail. It’s a 7-minute walk from the OTE Academy to “Neratziotisa”, the closest station (see map).

The link below provides a tube map describing the metro and suburban lines, and the relevant destinations:

The journey time from the OTE Academy to Athens International Airport is 25 minutes.

By taxi (option 2)

Going to AIA from the OTE Academy should cost around 25€.

Please inform the people at the registration desk well in advance if you need a taxi to go to the airport.

Using Public Transportation from President Hotel to the OTE Academy

The OTE Academy is accessible with public transportation, using the Athens metro and the Athens-Piraeus electric railway.
From President Hotel, take Metro Line 3 Egaleo Doukissis Plakentias at Ampelokipi station (direction to Egaleo). 
Change line at Syntagma metro station, and use line 2 Aghios DimitriosAghios Antonios (destination to Aghios Antonios).
Change line at Attiki metro station, and take the Athens – Kiffissia electrical rail (line1, direction to Kifissia). 

You should get off at Neratziotisa station, which is 10 minutes away (walking distance) from the OTE Academy.  

To reach the OTE Academy from President Hotel, it takes around 50 minutes.



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