Oct 24 – 25, 2023
Europe/Vienna timezone

Start date:  24 Oct 2023, 09:00 (CEST)     Entry level:  Basic
End date:  25 Oct 2023, 17:00 (CEST)     Subject area:  Parallel programming
Location:  ONLINE (Zoom)     Topics:  CUDA
Language:  English     Target audience:  Academia, industry, public sector
Price:  Free (for eligible participants)     Organizers:  VSC & EuroCC Austria


CUDA is the standard API for code development targeting NVIDIA GPUs and a number of impressive examples have already been given in diverse areas from particle physics to computational biology. CUDA allows simple extensions of standard C/C++/Fortran code with GPU-specific functions. In this way thousands of cores available on the GPU can be leveraged to work in parallel and thus carry out significant fractions of the computational workload on the device rather than the CPU. There is also a vast set of auxiliary tools available to the developer including libraries, code templates, building blocks, analysis tools, developmental frameworks, and in general a vivid community making up the CUDA Developer Zone. It is often for this multifaceted support environment that the interested beginner is feeling overwhelmed and unsettled about which particular first steps should best be taken to gain a straightforward introduction into the subject. For exactly this reason the present course is offering a systematic step-by-step introduction into GPU computing from the perspective of the newcomer. Basic design principles will be established, central programming techniques acquired and a number of state-of-the-art workflows examined that efficiently employ the GPU and are frequently used in scientific computing.

This course provides lectures, demos, and hands-on labs.

Agenda & Content

See Agenda & Content in the left menu for a detailed timetable and course content.

Content level

Content level: Basic = 0:00h (0%) + Intermediate = 13:00h (100%) + Advanced = 0:00h (0%)

Entry level

Basic – no prior CUDA knowledge is required


Being able to program in either C/C++ or Fortran       
Know how to work on the Linux command line

We welcome a basic scientific mindset, curiosity, a keen interest in challenging technical innovations, and the appreciation of outside-the-box thinking.

Target audience

Course for academia, industry, and public administration.

Course format

This course will be delivered as a LIVE ONLINE COURSE (using Zoom).

Hands-on labs

All participants will get a temporary user account on the VSC to do the hands-on labs.

Accepted participants will be contacted a few days before the course and asked to do a short PRE-ASSIGNMENT that has to be completed before the course starts.


Siegfried Höfinger (lecturer, VSC Research Center, TU Wien)

Moritz Siegel (teaching assistant, VSC Research Center, TU Wien)

Ivan Vialov (teaching assistant, VSC Research Center, TU Wien)



Date, time, and location

24.–25.10.2023, 09:00 – 17:00 CEST, LIVE ONLINE COURSE (using Zoom)

Prices and eligibility

This course is partly funded by the EuroCC 2 project. Therefore, the course is open and free of charge for participants from academia, industry, and public administration from the Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU) and Associated/Other Countries to the Horizon 2020 programme.


The registration form and deadlines are available from the left menu. The registration form might close even before the deadline if the number of registrations has reached its maximum (and will open again if there are cancelations).

Please register with your official email address to prove your affiliation.

You will get an automatic confirmation via email (subject starting with "[Indico] Registration"), please check your Spam/Junk folders.

Following your successful registration, you will receive further information approximately 1 week before the course.


After the number of registrations has reached its maximum or the registration form has been closed, you may want to send us an email stating that you are interested to be put on the waiting list (vacancies may occur due to cancelations, etc.).

To be able to do the hands-on labs on the VSC please provide your full international mobile-phone number for the two-factor authentication required to login to the VSC systems.

Modification, withdrawal & no-show policy

Your registration is binding. Please only register for the course if you are really going to attend.

You can update your registration data or withdraw your registration anytime before the registration form has been closed via the link "Manage my registration" which you can find at the bottom of your automatic email confirmation (subject starting with "[Indico] Registration").

Alternatively, or after the registration form has been closed, please inform us about your cancelation or any change in your registration data (especially your mobile-phone number) via email (training@vsc.ac.at).

No-show policy: If you do not cancel and do not show up at the course you will be blacklisted and excluded from future training events.



This course is jointly organized by the VSC Research Center, TU Wien, and EuroCC Austria.


This course is partially funded by the EuroCC 2 project.

The project has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101101903. The JU receives support from the Digital Europe Programme and Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Türkiye.

Additional funding for the project comes from the Austrian federal ministries BMBWF and BMK.