Setting up your system

Thanks to IZUM, we will have an allocation on the Vega supercomputer for the whole duration of the workshop. The required software stack is already installed and available through the module system on the supercomputer.

If you prefer to install the required software locally, we refer you to the official hipSYCL installation instructions.


Your mileage may vary with a local installation: building some of the dependencies is an extremely time consuming process. We will not provide support for local installations during the workshop.

How to follow along

This training material, including all exercises and solutions, is available on GitHub. To get the most out of it, we suggest that you clone it locally:

$ git clone

The source code for all exercises and typealongs will then be in the content/code folder.

Working on Vega

You should have received your username in the days leading up to the workshop. If not, please let us know.

The latest official release of hipSYCL and CMake are available as modules on Vega:

$ module load hipSYCL CMake

You can compile on the login node with:

$ syclcc -o sycl_vadd sycl_vadd.cpp -O3 --hipsycl-targets="omp;cuda:sm_80"

However, it will be more convenient to use the CMake scripts we provide with the source files:

$ cmake -S. -Bbuild -DHIPSYCL_TARGETS="omp;cuda:sm_80"
$ cmake --build build

You can also request an interactive job with:

$ srun --nodes=1 --exclusive --partition=gpu --time=01:00:00 --pty bash -i

where you ask for:

  • 1 node (--nodes=1) in the GPU partition (--partition=gpu) for exclusive use (--exclusive)

  • a 1-hour long allocation (--time=01:00:00)

  • a bash interactive prompt once the job starts (--pty bash -i)

In general, it is preferable to queue the job using a submission script, like the following:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

#SBATCH --partition=gpu
#SBATCH --job-name=test
#SBATCH --mem=4G
#SBATCH --reservation=sycl
#SBATCH --gres=gpu:1
#SBATCH --time=00-01:00:00
#SBATCH --output=test_out.log
#SBATCH --error=test_err.log

set -o errexit  # Exit the script on any error
set -o nounset  # Treat any unset variables as an error

module --quiet purge  # Reset the modules to the system default
module load hipSYCL/0.9.1-gcccuda-2020b
module list

# compile code
syclcc -o sycl_vadd sycl_vadd.cpp -O3 --hipsycl-targets="cuda:sm_80"

# run executable

# we can also use CMake to build
# module load CMake/3.18.4-GCCcore-10.2.0
# cmake -S$SLURM_SUBMIT_DIR -Bbuild -DHIPSYCL_TARGETS="cuda:sm_80"
# and we run from the build folder
# ./build/sycl_vadd

exit 0