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Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the eighth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 25 to 30, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Applications are due March 6, 2017. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the RIKEN Advanced Insti­tute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS). 

Leading computational scientists and HPC technologists from the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada will offer instructions on a variety of topics and also provide advanced mentoring. Topics include:

  • HPC challenges by discipline
  • HPC Programming Proficiencies
  • Performance analysis and profiling
  • Algorithmic approaches and numerical libraries
  • Data-intensive computing
  • Scientific visualization
  • Canadian, EU, Japanese and U.S. HPC-infrastructures

The expense-paid program will benefit scholars from Canadian, European, Japanese and U.S. institutions who use advanced computing in their research. The ideal candidate will have many of the following qualities, however this list is not meant to be a “checklist” for applicants to meet all criteria:

  • Familiar with HPC, not necessarily an HPC expert, but rather a scholar who could benefit from including advanced computing tools and methods into their existing computational work
  • A graduate student with a strong research plan or a postdoctoral fellow in the early stages of their research efforts
  • Regular practice with parallel programming (i.e. student utilizes parallel programming generally on a monthly basis or more)
  • May have a science or engineering background, however, applicants from other disciplines are welcome provided their research activities include computational work

Students from underrepresented groups in computing are highly encouraged to apply (i.e. women, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, etc.). If you have any questions regarding your eligibility or how this program may benefit you or your research group, please do not hesitate to contact the individual associated with your region below.

Applications closed March 6, 2017. Meals and housing will be covered for the selected participants, also support for travel will be given. 

Thank you for your interest.  Applications have closed for 2017.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent near the end of March (early April for US participants).



June 25 - 30, 2017


Boulder, Colorado, United States of America


Travel Recommendations for Participants

When we began planning the IHPCSS more than a year ago, we could not have foreseen the current challenges caused by recent US immigration orders. For the IHPCSS, there are two primary challenges: the safety of our US students and instructors who may not be allowed back into the country if the IHPCSS was relocated, and the ability for students and instructors to travel to the US and return home from the US safely. Our ability to ensure both the safety of our students and instructors is of paramount importance to us. 

The IHPCSS organizing committee is monitoring how to best ensure the safety of our students and instructors while maintaining guiding principals of inclusiveness and merit-based, peer-reviewed candidate selection. IHPCSS selects candidates in a blind selection process that ensures selection is based on merit and free from bias. We are committed to building a diverse,open, and accessible experience for all of our students.

We encourage all who are interested to apply, even though some will have legitimate concerns about travel.  We will do our best to facilitate your travel to the US should you be accepted to the International HPC Summer School. In the event that accepted participants are unable to attend the IHPCSS because of travel restrictions, they will be offered a spot in the 2018 IHPCSS, which will be held in Europe

Planning an event of this kind is a yearlong effort, and the location for the summer school was set many months ago, long before the current uncertain travel situation.  It is unfortunately too late to change the location to another country, which would still create an uncertain situation for some of the participants returning to the US after the event.

Our current choices are to either proceed with the summer school at the planned location, or provide no one with the opportunity to attend.  Given those choices, we will proceed the best we can to help as many students participate as possible.

In the meantime, please follow these points of advice if you wish to apply:

  1. Investigate your need for a visa or other travel documentation prior to application;

  2. Apply for a visa as early as possible after you've been selected;

  3. Work closely with your local international affairs office to insure that you are following proper procedures;

  4. Notify us of any delays or problems you encounter (contact Jay Alameda,, or any of the institutional contacts.)


We continue to monitor the developments and will consider any necessary options

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