DescriptionOpenMP is the de facto standard for writing parallel applications for shared memory computers. Born 25 years ago in 1997, it runs on just about every shared memory platform on the market. It’s also very complicated. We created OpenMP to be the “simple API” for application programmers. With a specification running to over 450 pages, OpenMP has grown into an intimidating API viewed by many as for “experts only”.
Most OpenMP programmers, however, use around 21 items from the specification. We call these 21 items the “OpenMP Common Core”. By focusing on the common core, we make OpenMP what it was always meant to be: a simple API for parallel application programmers.
In this hands-on tutorial, we explore the Common Core of OpenMP. We utilize active learning through a carefully selected set of exercises, so students will master the Common Core and learn to apply it to their own problems. Students will use their own laptops (with Windows, Linux, or OS/X) to access remote systems that support OpenMP (a remote SMP server). Alternatively, students can load an OpenMP compiler onto their laptops before the tutorial. Information about OpenMP compilers is available at www.openmp.org.