POSTPONED: Deep Learning and GPU programming using OpenACC @ VSC Vienna


Wednesday, June 3 - Friday, June 5, 2020, 09:00-17:00 CEST


TU Wien, Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10, 1040 Wien, Austria (ground floor, red area, FH Internet-Raum FH1)



Due to COVID-19, the event will be POSTPONED! A new date will be announced as soon as the situation with COVID-19 is stabilised.


NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) offers hands-on training for developers, data scientists, and researchers looking to solve challenging problems with deep learning.

Learn how to train and deploy a neural network to solve real-world problems, how to effectively parallelize training of deep neural networks on Multi-GPUs, and how to accelerate your applications with OpenACC.

The workshop combines lectures about fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision and for Multi-GPUs with a lecture about Accelerated Computing with OpenACC.

The lectures are interleaved with many hands-on sessions using Jupyter Notebooks. The exercises will be done on a fully configured GPU-accelerated workstation in the cloud.

This workshop is co-organized by Nvidia, VSC (Austria), LRZ (Germany) and IT4Innovations (Czech republic). All instructors are NVIDIA certified University Ambassadors.


1st day, June 3, 2020: Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision

Explore the fundamentals of deep learning by training neural networks and using results to improve performance and capabilities.

During this day, you’ll learn the basics of deep learning by training and deploying neural networks. You’ll learn how to:

  • Implement common deep learning workflows, such as image classification and object detection
  • Experiment with data, training parameters, network structure, and other strategies to increase performance and capability
  • Deploy your neural networks to start solving real-world problems

Upon completion, you’ll be able to start solving problems on your own with deep learning.

2nd day, June 4, 2020: Fundamentals of Accelerated Computing with OpenACC

On the 2nd day you learn the basics of OpenACC, a high-level programming language for programming on GPUs. Discover how to accelerate the performance of your applications beyond the limits of CPU-only programming with simple pragmas. You’ll learn:

  • How to profile and optimize your CPU-only applications to identify hot spots for acceleration
  • How to use OpenACC directives to GPU accelerate your codebase
  • How to optimize data movement between the CPU and GPU accelerator

Upon completion, you'll be ready to use OpenACC to GPU accelerate CPU-only applications.

3rd day, June 5, 2020: Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Multi-GPUs

The computational requirements of deep neural networks used to enable AI applications like self-driving cars are enormous. A single training cycle can take weeks on a single GPU or even years for larger datasets like those used in self-driving car research. Using multiple GPUs for deep learning can significantly shorten the time required to train lots of data, making solving complex problems with deep learning feasible.

On the 3rd day we will teach you how to use multiple GPUs to train neural networks. You'll learn:

  • Approaches to multi-GPUs training
  • Algorithmic and engineering challenges to large-scale training
  • Key techniques used to overcome the challenges mentioned above

Upon completion, you'll be able to effectively parallelize training of deep neural networks using TensorFlow.

Important information

After you are accepted, please create an account under

Course Fee

The workshop is free of charge for all academic participants and coffee breaks will be provided (lunch is not included). Please note, that the workshop is exclusively for verifiable students, staff, and researchers from any academic institution (for industrial participants, please contact NVIDIA for industrial specific training). On the first day of the workshop, please bring your student/academia id.

NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute

The NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute delivers hands-on training for developers, data scientists, and engineers. The program is designed to help you get started with training, optimizing, and deploying neural networks to solve real-world problems across diverse industries such as self-driving cars, healthcare, online services, and robotics.

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Technical background, basic understanding of machine learning concepts, basic C/C++ or Fortran programming skills.

For the 1st day basics in Python will be helpful. Since Python 2.7 is used, the following tutorial can be used to learn the syntax:

For the 3rd day familiarity with TensorFlow will be a plus as all the hands-on sessions are using TensorFlow. For those who do not program in TensorFlow, please go over TensorFlow tutorial (especially the "Learn and use ML" section):

Content Level:

The content level of the course is broken down as:

Beginner's content: 6,5h 33%
Intermediate content: 11,h 56%
Advanced content: 2,0h 10%
Community-targeted content: 0,0h 0%
Language: English
DLI Instructors: Volker Weinberg (LRZ), Georg Zitzlsberger (IT4Innovations)

Registration will start on April 1, 2020 via

Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 6, 2020, with priority rules. Acceptance will be approved on May 7, 2020. As long as seats are available there will be an extended registration period without priority rules.

Priority for acceptance: first - active users of the VSC systems, second - students and members of Austrian universities and public research institutes, third - other academic applicants.

VSC Page:
Contact: Dr. Claudia Blaas-Schenner,