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11/04/2023 - Webinar Quantum Computing Demystified

Quantum computing


11th of April 2023 


Part 1: 11:00 – 12:15 hrs.: Lecture

Part 2: 13:00 – 14:30 hrs.: Demonstration and Hands-On Lab 


Abstract Part 1 Lecture

Quantum Computing is a completely new IT paradigm that complements Classical Computing for solving complex problems and challenges that are intractable today. But what is the difference with Classical Computing on the level of hardware? How do you develop Quantum Programs, and what is the impact on the Developer? What does the roadmap look like? What are the performance metrics of a Quantum Computing System, and how do these evolve? What are the first Use Cases for Quantum Computing, and who are the early adopters in the Quantum Ecosystem? How do you start your “Quantum Journey” and how can you access Quantum Devices and Quantum Simulators via the Cloud? If you want answers to these questions, do not hesitate to enrol for the lecture “Quantum Computing Demystified”.

Abstract Part 2 Demonstration and Hands-On Lab 

Developing a feeling for Quantum Computing”, that is the objective in this practical session. A demonstration is given about how to access Quantum Devices and creating Quantum Circuits using the Quantum Composer Tool. Next follows an introduction to Qiskit, the Open-Source Development Kit that runs on top of Python. This part also includes practical exercises: participants create their Quantum Version of “Hello World” and learn how they can further develop their Quantum Programming skills and even become Certified Quantum Developer. To convince you completely: we will work also on a real Quantum Computer!

Speaker bio: Erik Michiels (IBM)

Eric Michiels is IBM Executive Architect, IBM Quantum Technical Ambassador and Qiskit Advocate. He often leads Quantum  Workshops at customers, Business Partners and in the Academic World. 

Eric Michiels







Practical info 


Participation is free but online registration mandatory. You can register for the lecture or/and the Demonstration and hands-on lab via this link


Cisco WebEx (exact link will be communicated)

Participants’ Profile

The audience ideally consists of students and professionals with a STEM affinity, but the most important prerequisites are curiosity, an open mindset and eagerness to learn! 


17-21/04/2023 - LUMI Hackathon

Picture of LUMI

LUMI Hackathon

The LUMI hackathon is a way for a team to get help to optimize software for the AMD GPUs used in LUMI-G. We are looking for teams that already have a code that runs on AMD GPUs but that need assistance to eliminate some bottlenecks in their code. The hackathon is an in-person only event and we expect 2 to 4 members of the team who collectively have a complete understanding of the code to be physically present in Helsinki. Each team will receive mentoring and advice from specialists from AMD, HPE and the LUMI User Support team. We are especially looking for codes that are fully open source or at least freely available to academics.

For further info and registration check

We will organise an accompanying course about profiling GPU programs the week before the hackathon. It will happen online on the 13 April from 9:00 until 17:00. Attendance from teams joining the hackathon is advised.

How to apply

The application form will be published shortly here.

Closing date: 24 February 2023, 17:00 CET
Hackathon period: 17-21 April 2023

Talks with Dr. Rolf Rabenseifner

Dr. Rolf Rabenseifner at the colloquium organised by HLRS in his honour in May 2022

MPI heavyweight Dr Rolf Rabenseifner has recently retired. However, we could catch the former Head of Parallel Computing, Training and Application Services at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), University of Stuttgart, for an extensive talk. 

Part IV - Training 

In the fourth and final part of our interview, Dr. Rolf Rabenseifner talks about the added value of training and his train-the-trainer program. He also gives some advice to trainers. 

Quote Training Rolf








Read the full article here. 


Talks with Dr. R. Rabenseifner Part IV


Part III - Supercomputing, looking back and ahead

In part 3 of our interview, Dr Rolf Rabenseifner sheds light on how supercomputing has evolved over the years, the future of HPC and the role of the government and funding agencies. If you're starting in HPC Rolf shares some useful advice!

Quote HPC and services Rolf Rabenseifner


EuroCC Belgium also gives a historical overview of several European projects approaching HPC since 2004. 

Logos European hpc projects

Read the full article here

Screenshot article HPC looking back and ahead

Part II - MPI

In part 2 of our Interview, Dr Rabenseifner goes deeper into the success of MPI and its future challenges.
EuroCC Belgium also gives some background information about MPI.  

Quote 2 MPI Rolf Rabenseifner


Quote EuroCC Belgium about Dr. Rabenseifners work in MPI



Read the full article about MPI here. 

Image of full article Number 2 in the series Talks with Dr. Rolf Rabenseifner


Part I - Life and work of Dr. Rabenseifner 


In part one of our interview, Dr. Rabenseifner looks back on his career, his train-the-trainer program, and the challenges that lie ahead for the next generation. 

Dr. Rolf Rabenseifner about his Train the trainer program


You can read part one of the interview with Dr Rabenseifner here.

Talks with Dr. R. Rabenseifner Part I

Job offer: programme Officers in the EuroHPC JU

EuroHPC-JU is hiring!

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) isthe European body created in 2018 and located in Luxembourg to lead the way in European supercomputing. It is composed of the public members (European Union represented by the European Commission), Members States and Associated Countries and public members.

EuroHPC-JU is currently in the process of expanding its team and is looking to recruit several Programme Officers to join its Infrastructure team. The Programme Officers will contribute to the preparation and implementation of the technical and administrative activities necessary to accomplish the mission of the Joint Undertaking, in particular to develop and support the European integrated world-class supercomputing and data infrastructure and a highly competitive and innovative HPC ecosystem.

Find out more about this offer here!