Praktikum: Evaluierung moderner HPC-Architekturen und -Beschleuniger (IN0012, IN2106)

Dieses Praktikum wird nur in englischer Sprache angeboten.

English Title: Experimental Evaluation of modern Computing Systems and Accelerators 

This lab course will be done in English.

LV-Number: TBD
Semester week hours: 6


This lab is organized in collaboration with LRZ and LMU.

It is provided seperately for bachelor and master students, but carried out as one event.

What you will learn from this course ?

The LRZ recently started building a testbed environment with novel architectures and accelerators called BEAST (Bavarian Energy, Architecture and Software Testbed). This will help in shaping future large LRZ systems (such as successors of SuperMUC-NG). In this lab you will have hands on experience on the BEAST testbed.

You will 

  • have the chance to work on newest HPC technology such as CPUs or GPUs from Intel, AMD, NVidia, Marvell, Fujitsu ( in particular A64FX - powers the fastest supercomputer in the world (Fugaku) by TOP500 rankings as of June 2020 ).
  • explore various features of novel technology on the node level.
  • learn about node level performance optimizations. 
  • attend to vendor talks on their newest hardware.
  • learn various programming models on the node level for multicore CPUs and accelerators, such as OpenMP (for GPU), SIMD, synchronization
  • - for later assignments - make use of OpenCL, SYCL, or CUDA.

Course Structure

The lab is split in two types of assignments: for the first part of assignments, students are expected to work on all architectures. For the second part of assignments, students work exclusively on specific architectures of their choice .


Students will work in groups of 3, doing reports for each task as well as short presentations of their evaluation results (2 talks every week randomly selected among the groups). Grading is done based on delivered reports and short presentations. This includes source code used for the evaluations, which has to be added to the reports.


Registration for the lab will happen via the matching system.

Expected Skills

  • Good knowledge of C on Linux
  • Understanding of terms in computer architecture: pipelining, SIMD, multi-core, SMT, TLB, processor caches, replacement policies (before registering in the matching system, ask yourself if you can explain these terms!)
  • Interest in computer architecture, benchmarking, and low-level code optimization

Schedule / Dates

Weekly meetings during the semester: every Thursday 3pm - 5pm.

First date: 21.10.2021