2012 Par Lab Boot Camp - Logistics

The agenda is available at http://parlab.eecs.berkeley.edu/2012bootcampagenda

NOTE: Talk slides will be posted to the agenda as they become available.


Paying attendees and Par Lab Affiliates may pick up parking passes by going to the registration desk located outside of the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall. You may then park your car in the Lower Hearst Parking Structure, located on the corner of Hearst and Scenic streets.
Notice to paying attendees and affiliates who obtain a parking pass: Parking will NOT be available in the Lower Hearst parking structure on Friday, August 17 due to Cal move-in day. We have made arrangements for you to park on the Terrace level at the Lawrence Hall of Science (located up the hill on Centennial Drive- Directions Here). A shuttle service will then take you back down to Sutardja Dai Hall. Please see the boot camp registration desk for more information.

Other attendees may park in the paid public parking spaces in the structure at La Loma and Hearst, or Scenic and Hearst. Please note that machines take cash only (no credit cards) and run about $15 for all-day parking. Should you choose to try your luck with street parking, note that most streets allow only 2-hour parking, are heavily patrolled by DPT and parking tickets will cost you $41.

Directions to the Banatao Auditorium

Food and Beverage
Coffee will be available in the Citris lobby in the morning, but is not allowed inside the Citris Auditorium.

View a list of on-campus eateries at the Cal Parents website. There are many restaurants located just across the street on Hearst Ave. and Euclid Ave.

Click Here to view a live web cast of the lectures.

you can also copy and paste the following link into your browser: mms://media.citris.berkeley.edu/parlab2012

Please note the above webcast link will be active ONLY during the event,otherwise you will receive an error.

Note that you may need to download Windows Media Player or RealPlayer to view live streaming.

Some versions of Mac may need to install Windows Media Component "WMC" for QuickTime, which is available for free at the following Microsoft site.

Videos and slides from lectures will be posted to the agenda as they become available.


We will be using Piazza for questions and discussion during the lectures. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and the instructors.

To ask questions or make a comment during the lectures, please go to:

Online attendees, if you have a question or problem:
* regarding your XSEDE account, please contact Bob Garza at garza [at] tacc [dot] utexas [dot] edu.

* using XSEDE resources during the lab sessions only, please contact Xiao Zhu (August 15 only) at xzhu216 [at] tacc [dot] utexas [dot] edu, Yaakoub El Kharma (August 16 only) at yye00 [at] tacc [dot] utexas [dot] edu, or Frank Willmore at frankwillmore [at] gmail [dot] com.

* using NERSC resources during the lab sessions only, please contact Francesca Verdier, Department Head of NERSC Services, at fverdier [at] lbl [dot] gov or by calling 510-486-7193.

For general questions regarding boot camp logistics, please email parlab-admin [at] eecs [dot] berkley [dot] edu

Hands-On Lab Sessions
To view the Hands-on lab assignments, please go to:

Online Participants
Online attendees are welcome to do the homework assignments on your own platforms or using your XSEDE account. (Please note that the deadline for registering for an XSEDE account was August 8).

To view the Hands-on lab assignments, please go to:

On-Site Participants
You have two options if you want to do the hands-on assignments:

  • using a parallel computer provided by the local DOE supercomputing facility NERSC, or
  • using tools provided by Microsoft on your own laptop.

Either way, you will need to provide your own laptop, and get an Airbears account login(for wireless access) during registration. If you want to use the NERSC facility, you will also need to fill out a form to get an account.
Lab sessions will be held Wednesday from 5pm - 6pm and Thursday from 3pm - 6pm. All sessions will be held in Soda Hall (see map)Room 380 for Microsoft Tools, and Rooms 273, 275, & 277 for NERSC Tools.

On-Site attendees who plan to participate in the Microsoft Labs:

The Microsoft lab is focused on providing hands on experience with parallel programming using C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism (AMP) on Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. Required software will be provided as a VirtualBox-compatible virtual machine (VM appliance) containing a deployment of Microsoft Windows 8 RC (x64) and Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate RC. Interested participants can install the free, open-source VirtualBox solution on their laptops to run the lab software. The VM image, logon credentials and further lab instructions will be provided through an on-site download during the first day of the Bootcamp.

Installation instructions:

1.Download and install VirtualBox (preferable x64) on your host computer. Supported host OSs are Windows, OSX, Linux and Solaris. Please refer to the installation instruction on https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

2.Download and install VirtualBox Extension Pack

3.Download the virtual machine image from the Bootcamp web site. Link will be provided during the first day of the Bootcamp to on-site participants only.

4.Run VirtualBox and use the Import function to import the vm image (appliance) downloaded in step 3.

5.Review the settings of the virtual machine and adjust to better meet your laptop’s hardware configuration (e.g. number of CPU cores or size of RAM).

6.Start virtual machine which will boot Windows 8.

Minimum lab requirements:

1.Dual core CPU with enabled virtualization.

2.VirtualBox compatible system

3.4GB of RAM (3GB for VM)

4.30GB of free hard drive space

For general questions regarding these logistics, please email parlab-admin [at] eecs [dot] berkley [dot] edu