Introduction to High Performance Computing

KTH Main Campus

KTH Main Campus


The PDC Center for High Performance Computing and the KTH School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) welcome you to our summer school introductory course on high-performance computing. This course is part of the Swedish e-Science Education.

Interested students and researchers (with academic or industrial backgrounds) from all over the world are invited to apply to attend the course, which will be held at the KTH main campus in Stockholm during late August. (Please note that for KTH Masters students, the summer school is available as course number DD2358.)

This course provides the skills needed to utilize high-performance computing (HPC) resources, and includes an introduction to a range of important topics, such as:

  • HPC programming languages, libraries and tools,
  • modern computer architectures,
  • parallel algorithms, and
  • optimizing serial and parallel programs.
Case studies in various scientific disciplines will be used to help illustrate these topics. The course consists of both lectures and guided hands-on lab sessions. Participants who successfully complete the course (including the associated programming project) will be awarded 7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points.

The course is suitable for researchers and graduate students who are interested in high-performance computing. Applicants must be able to communicate in English, and have previous programming experience.

The PDC Summer School receives considerable funding from SeSE, the Swedish e-Science Education. The two leading e-Science centres in Sweden, SeRC ( and eSSENCE ( have taken the initiative to establish a graduate school, SeSE, to fund, develop and offer basic training in fields where the use of e-Science is emerging and where education can have an immense impact on the research, but also to provide advanced training for students in fields that are already computer-intensive. The school is open to all graduate students in Sweden, and is built upon the previous successful schools NGSSC and KCSE. SeSE will be a meeting place for graduate students using e-Science tools and techniques.

2019 will be the 23rd year that the course has been held – participants will become part of the long tradition of the PDC Summer School, which you can read about in the course pages for all the previous years.

Please note that there are a limited number of places available in the summer school, so be sure to register early! Course registration opens on April 8, and closes on May 31, 2019.