CASUS, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), and the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA) together with NVIDIA and OpenACC co-organize the Helmholtz GPU Hackathon 2024. The event will be hosted by CASUS in Görlitz on 23-26 April 2024 with a virtual kick-off on 15 April 2024 (and a brief virtual get together on 8 April).

What happens at such a GPU Hackathon?

Teams of about 3-6 people apply to work on porting (parts of) their code onto the GPU or refining an already existing GPU implementation. This can be classic simulation or also large scale AI models. Teams can use almost any programming model to do so, provided mentors for support are found. Each team will receive two mentors to help in the process. The hackaton is free of charge, however, travel expenses cannot be reimbursed. The Jülich HPC Systems(JURECA, JUWELS Booster or even an early access system for JUPITER – the upcoming exascale system at Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC)) will be used. A maximum of eight teams can be accepted for the event.

Prerequisites and how to apply?

Teams are expected to be fluent with the code or project they bring to the event and motivated to make progress during the hackathon. A minimum of 3 team members must participate throughout the entire event. Lack of complete participation will result in the entire team being excused.

This hackathon is open to everyone looking to take their projects to the next level; however, priority acceptance will be given to Helmholtz-affiliated scientists and their collaborators.

Projects brought to the event are required to have a license attached and detailed in the application. For more information on why licenses are important and how to obtain one, please use following links:,

Team applications have been submitted and applicants will be contacted shortly as to whether they have been accepted. Details about the event are provided here.

In case of questions please do not hesitate to contact Guido Juckeland (HZDR).