UF-NVIDIA Hackathon: May 17-25

“Attending the 2023 Hackathon will help our team optimize our models to run on HiPerGator and increase their efficiency and performance,” wrote Warrington College of Business Assistant Professor Ivy Munoko. “We use a large dataset with tens of millions of data points.”

Partnering with NVIDIA and OpenACC, the second annual UF-NVIDIA GPU Hackathon began this week. Ten teams of computational researchers and developers are participating, including three external teams representing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Alabama, and Arizona State University. Each team is receiving mentorship in GPU programming, high-performance computing, and data applications from NVIDIA and UFIT staff. Professor Munoko’s team includes Karla Saldaña Ochoa, assistant professor, College of Design, Construction, and Planning, and Maxim Terekhov, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management.

The hackathon is an opportunity to port, accelerate, and optimize scientific applications with programming models and tools hosted through HiPerGator. Participants are also developing a deeper understanding of HiPerGator’s computational capabilities while utilizing applications on the latest supercomputing hardware. Researchers with questions about the hackathon or who would like to schedule a consult about UF-AI computing support may contact Applications Specialist and AI Support Team Lead Ms. Ying Zhang.

2023 UF+NVIDIA Hackathon

Together with NVIDIA and OpenACC, UFIT is hosting the second annual University of Florida Open Hackathon from May 17 – May 25, 2023.

Advanced parallel computing or GPU skills are NOT required. However, it is helpful for teams to know the basics of GPU programming and profiling. The application deadline is March 1, 2023, with selected teams being notified shortly thereafter.

Scientist and computing experts from NVIDIA, along with UFIT’s Research Computing AI team, will serve as mentors to help the hackathon teams optimize their code for GPU acceleration. UFIT will provide HiPerGator as the work platform for the hackathon. Priority acceptance will be given to UF-affiliated research groups and their collaborators, but faculty, students, and research staff from all Florida universities and SEC member institutions are encouraged to apply. Anyone with questions about the application process or the hackathon contest format are welcome to contact AI Support Team Lead Ms. Ying Zhang.