Several specialists first gave presentations about bleeding-edge programming environment components and techniques, after which MNHACK19 mentors worked with seven teams comprised of fifteen participants. These seven teams received help in optimizing their codes, analyzing their performance and even getting suggestions on porting alternatives.
On Day 2 of the hackathon, participants were invited to visit the MareNostrum 4 supercomputer which is housed inside the Torre Girona chapel on BSC grounds.
"Having a specialist mentor was very useful. We could improve some sections of the code right away and learn how to use Extrae and Paraver, to be able to trace our code ourselves. This can be easily transferred to our daily work."
MNHACK19 participants were made up of researchers from several European institutions: BSC, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID), Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique (CERFACS), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (Inria) and University of Basel (UNIBAS). All of them gave positive feedback about the hackathon, with most saying that they would love to come back for a 2020 edition.
“Having a specialist mentor was very useful. We could improve some sections of the code right away and learn how to use Extrae and Paraver, to be able to trace our code ourselves. This can be easily transferred to our daily work,” said University of Basel researcher Ruben Cabezon.
MNHACK20 is expected to take place in late October to early November 2020.
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