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»4.1 Draft Specs Open for Public Comment

The OpenMP 4.1 draft specification has been released for public comment by the Language Committee.

Download the PDF from here: OpenMP 4.1 DRAFT

Comments should be submitted to the OpenMP 4.1 DRAFT - Public Comments forum. Forum membership is free, but is moderated. If not already a member of the OpenMP Discussion Forums, click on the Register link at

Public comment closes September 30, 2015.

»OpenMPCon Registration Now Open

The program for the OpenMPCon 2015 Developer Conference has been published and online registration is now open.

For full details and to register please visit:

The OpenMPCon Developer Conference, which will be held in Aachen, Germany, 28-30 September 2015  includes world-class keynote speakers, technical presentations, tutorials and panel sessions.  The depth and breadth of the program caters to both novice and experienced OpenMP developers and plenty of time is built into the program for networking with colleagues and sharing experience.

Sponsors for OpenMPCon include: Appentra, cOMPunity,, insideHPC, Intel, JARA, OpenMP ARB, RWTH Aachen University, Silexica and Texas Instruments.

OpenMPCon is being held at the same venue, and just before, the International Workshop on OpenMP (IWOMP).  Registration for IWOMP is also open and can be combined with attending OpenMPCon.  More details on IWOMP at:

»OpenMPCon - Aachen, Germany - 28-30 September 2015

OpenMP ARB Announces Line-Up of World-Class Keynotes, Speakers, Tutorials and Panel Sessions for Annual OpenMPCon Developer Conference

OpenMPCon to Showcase Latest Advances in High-Performance Computing
 using Directive Based Parallel Programming Languages Such As OpenMP

July 13th, 2015 – The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) today announced the full line-up of world-class keynote speakers, technical presentations, tutorials and panel sessions to be hosted at the inaugural OpenMPCon Developer Conference, which will be held in Aachen, Germany, 28-30 September, 2015. For full details and registration visit:

“The strength of this year’s program looks set to establish OpenMPCon as the single most important event for all OpenMP developers.” said Michael Wong, OpenMP CEO. “I’m delighted with both the depth and breadth of the program which caters to both the novice and experienced developer. Most importantly we have provided plenty of time in the program for delegates to network with colleagues, share experience and leave having had all their questions answered.”

Representatives of OpenMP and OpenMPCon will be present at the ISC High Performance event on the JARA stand #1320 between 13-15 July in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss OpenMPCon and offer developers OpenMP C/C++ and Fortran reference cards.

• OpenMP in an era of Ubiquitous Parallel Computing. James Reinders, Intel
• Towards Using OpenMP in Embedded Systems. Eric Stotzer, Texas Instruments

• A Hands-On Introduction to OpenMP. Tim Mattson, Intel
• OpenMP Does Not Scale?. Ruud van der Pas, Oracle Corporation
• Advanced OpenMP Tasking. Michael Klemm, Intel and Christian Terboven,
RWTH Aachen University
• SIMD Programming with OpenMP. Georg Zitzelsberger, Intel
• OpenMP Accelerator Programming. Eric Stotzer, Texas Instruments

• OpenMP 4.1 vs OpenACC 2.0. James Beyer, CRAY
• OpenMP Tips, Tricks and Gotchas. Mark Bull, EPCC, University of Edinburgh
• OpenMP Analysis in Intel VTune Amplifier XE. Dmitry Prohorov, Intel
• GCC Support to Compile OpenMP 4 for HAS. Martin Jambor, SUSE Linux.
• Where Did My Performance Go? Mark Bull, EPCC, University of Edinburgh
• OpenMP 4.0 vs. OpenCL: Performance Comparison. Simon McIntosh-Smith, Univ. Bristol
• A Success Case: The NAS Parallel Benchmark EP. Manuel Arenaz, Appentra Solutions
• Porting OpenACC 2.0 to OpenMP 4.0. Oscar Hernandez, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
• Using OpenMP at NERSC. Yun He, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
• Inside Intel Compilers: Effective OpenMP SIMD Vectorization. Xinmin Tian, Intel
• Enabling Application Portability across HPC Platforms using Open Standards:
User-oriented goals for OpenMP. Alice Koniges, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Panel Sessions
• Grill the OpenMP CEO and Committee ARB - feedback on the draft specification and future directions
• OpenMPCon next Planning? – Planning for the next OpenMPCon in Kobe, Japan

At OpenMPCon 2015 delegates will enjoy thought provoking keynotes and inspirational and informative tutorials, talks and presentations. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere will provide a great opportunity for developers to discuss and share their OpenMP experiences with industry experts, fellow developers and technology suppliers. OpenMPCon is expected to appeal to a wide range of OpenMP professionals, including:
• Developers, students, consultants and educators
• Managers, Directors and team leaders
• Vendor companies, sponsors and book publishers
• Career seekers, recruiters, veterans, students and schools

OpenMPCon is partnering closely with IWOMP 2015, the research focused International Workshop on OpenMP which will take place immediately after OpenMPCon. Developers are encouraged to attend both events. Early Bird registration for OpenMPCon is available until 31 August.

Sponsors for OpenMPCon include: Appentra, cOMPunity,, insideHPC, Intel, JARA, OpenMP ARB, RWTH Aachen University, Silexica and Texas Instruments.

»OpenMP 4.0 Examples Published

The first complete set of examples based on the OpenMP 4.0 specifications has been published. The PDF is available »here.

The source codes for OpenMP Examples can be downloaded from

»IWOMP 2015 - Call for Papers

IWOMP: Call for Submissions

The International Workshop on OpenMP (IWOMP) is an annual workshop dedicated to the promotion and advancement of all aspects of parallel programming with OpenMP.  IWOMP 2015 is the 11th event in the series and is taking place in Aachen, Germany with tutorials taking place on 30 Sept and the workshop on 1-2 Oct.

IWOMP is the premier forum to present and discuss issues, trends, recent research ideas, and results related to parallel programming with OpenMP.  IWOMP is now seeking submissions of unpublished technical papers detailing innovative, original research and development related to OpenMP.  The deadline for submissions is 3 May, 2015.

For additional information visit:

»OpenMPCon Call For Papers

OpenMPCon 2015 Highlights Vital Role of OpenMP in an Era of Ubiquitous Parallel Computing

Submissions now being taken for OpenMPCon 2015 Industry luminary James Reinders to present inaugural keynote

The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) today announced that it is now taking submissions for OpenMPCon 2015, its annual gathering focused on the practical application of the OpenMP API. James Reinders, the industry luminary and chief evangelist, Intel Software will provide the events inaugural keynote, titled: “OpenMP in an era of Ubiquitous Parallel Computing”.

“OpenMP is needed more than ever to deliver high-performance compute in this era of parallel computing and I’m delighted to welcome James as our first keynote.” said Michael Wong, OpenMP CEO. “There are few people better placed to explain the vital importance of OpenMP given the scores of projects he has recently been involved with.”

OpenMPCon takes place 28-30 September in Aachen Germany and will focus on the practical application of OpenMP and other directive based languages to deliver high- performance computing through parallel processing.

Submissions are requested from industry experts, developers and academia on all topics related to OpenMP, including but not limited to: application development from any discipline, algorithms, performance analysis, tools and libraries, optimization, verification, portability and education. Sessions can be in the form of technical presentations, tutorials and workshops, posters or panel discussions.

The submission deadline for abstracts is May 15th 2015

OpenMPCon is organized by and for the OpenMP community and is uniquely positioned to provide both novice and experienced developers new insights into using directive based APIs such as OpenMP.

OpenMPCon is partnering closely with its sister-event IWOMP (the International Workshop on OpenMP) which will be holding its annual conference at the same location immediately after OpenMPCon. IWOMP’s focus in on present the latest research ideas and results relating to parallel programming with OpenMP. Delegates are encouraged to attend both events and discounted ‘attend-all-sessions’ tickets will be available.

For additional information and to submit a proposal visit: and follow @OpenMPCon

»OpenMP ARB Announces Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as New Member

27 vendors and research organizations now collaborating on developing parallel programming model

Champaign, Illinois — February 17, 2015 — Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.

“We expect users will need to increase application thread parallelism to run efficiently on next- generation computing architectures, including the Cori, the Cray XC system which will be installed at NERSC in mid-2016”, said Katie Antypas, head of the Services Department at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab. “Our participation in the OpenMP ARB will assure we have a voice in the development strategy of this important computing language standard.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Berkeley Lab is also home to NERSC, the primary high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by DOE’s Office of Science.

“We welcome the addition of Berkeley Lab and NERSC to the OpenMP family”, said Michael Wong, OpenMP CEO. “As one of the earliest national laboratories, they have a history of innovation and inventiveness that will benefit the evolution of OpenMP.”

The OpenMP ARB now has 14 permanent members and 13 auxiliary members. Permanent members are vendors who have a long-term interest in creating products for OpenMP, and include AMD, ARM, Convey Computer, Cray, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC, NVIDIA, Oracle Corporation, Red Hat, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments. Auxiliary members are organizations with an interest in the standard but that do not create or sell OpenMP products, and include the Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, cOMPunity, EPCC, NASA, RWTH Aachen University, TACC, and the University of Houston.

»ARM Joins OpenMP ARB

ARM® has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB).

ARM is at the heart of the world’s most advanced digital products. Its technology enables the creation of new markets and the transformation of industries and society. ARM designs scalable, energy-efficient processors and related technologies to deliver the intelligence in applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, digital TVs, home gateways, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

See full press release.

The OpenMP API supports multi-platform parallel programming in C/C++ and Fortran. The OpenMP API defines a portable, scalable model with a simple and flexible interface for developing parallel applications on platforms from the desktop to the supercomputer.
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