Present-day high-performance computing (HPC) and deep learning applications benefit from, and even require, cluster-scale GPU compute power. Writing CUDA® applications that can correctly and efficiently utilize GPUs across a cluster requires a distinct set of skills. In this workshop, you’ll learn the tools and techniques needed to write CUDA C++ applications that can scale efficiently to clusters of NVIDIA GPUs. 

You’ll do this by working on code from several CUDA C++ applications in an interactive cloud environment backed by several NVIDIA GPUs. You’ll gain exposure to a handful of multi-GPU programming methods, including CUDA-aware Message Passing Interface (MPI), before proceeding to the main focus of this course, NVSHMEM™.

NVSHMEM is a parallel programming interface based on OpenSHMEM that provides efficient and scalable communication for NVIDIA GPU clusters. NVSHMEM creates a global address space for data that spans the memory of multiple GPUs and can be accessed with fine-grained GPU-initiated operations, CPU-initiated operations, and operations on CUDA streams. NVSHMEM's asynchronous, GPU-initiated data transfers eliminate synchronization overheads between the CPU and the GPU. They also enable long-running kernels that include both communication and computation, reducing overheads that can limit an application’s performance when strong scaling. NVSHMEM has been used on systems such as the Summit supercomputer located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sierra supercomputer, and the NVIDIA DGX™ A100.


Learning Objectives

By participating in this workshop, you’ll:
  • Learn several methods for writing multi-GPU CUDA C++ applications
  • Use a variety of multi-GPU communication patterns and understand their tradeoffs
  • Write portable, scalable CUDA code with the single-program multiple-data (SPMD) paradigm using CUDA-aware MPI and NVSHMEM
  • Improve multi-GPU SPMD code with NVSHMEM’s symmetric memory model and its ability to perform GPU-initiated data transfers
  • Get practice with common multi-GPU coding paradigms like domain decomposition and halo exchanges

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Workshop Outline

(15 mins)
Multi-GPU Programming Paradigms
(120 mins)

Survey multiple techniques for programming CUDA C++ applications for multiple GPUs using a Monte-Carlo approximation of pi CUDA C++ program.

  • Use CUDA to utilize multiple GPUs.
  • Learn how to enable and use direct peer-to-peer memory communication.
  • Write an SPMD version with CUDA-aware MPI.
Break (60 mins)
Introduction to NVSHMEM
(120 mins)

Learn how to write code with NVSHMEM and understand its symmetric memory model.

  • Use NVSHMEM to write SPMD code for multiple GPUs.
  • Utilize symmetric memory to let all GPUs access data on other GPUs.
  • Make GPU-initiated memory transfers.
Break (15 mins)
Halo Exchanges with NVSHMEM
(120 mins)

Practice common coding motifs like halo exchanges and domain decomposition using NVSHMEM, and work on the assessment.

  • Write an NVSHMEM implementation of a Laplace equation Jacobi solver.
  • Refactor a single GPU 1D wave equation solver with NVSHMEM.
  • Complete the assessment and earn a certificate.
Final Review
(15 mins)
  • Learn about application tradeoffs on GPU clusters.
  • Review key learnings and answer questions.
  • Complete the workshop survey.
Next Steps
(15 mins)

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Workshop Details

Duration: 8 hours

Price: $500 for public workshops, contact us for enterprise workshops.


  • Intermediate experience writing CUDA C/C++ applications
Suggested materials to satisfy the prerequisites:
Tools, libraries, and frameworks: CUDA, MPI, NVSHMEM
Assessment Type:
Skills-based coding assessment:
  • Students must refactor a single-GPU 1D wave function solver to be GPU-cluster-ready with NVSHMEM.

Certificate: Upon successful completion of the assessment, participants will receive an NVIDIA DLI certificate to recognize their subject matter competency and support professional career growth.

Hardware Requirements: Desktop or laptop computer capable of running the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. Each participant will be provided with dedicated access to a fully configured, GPU-accelerated workstation in the cloud.

Languages: English


Upcoming Public Workshops

North America / Latin America

Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. PST

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