Fall School on Efficient Architectures for Data Science (EADS 2017)

The Fall School on Efficient Architectures for Data Science will bring together students, researchers and industry practitioners to explore opportunities and challenges of using modern hardware resources for emerging data science applications.

When, Where, Who & What?

Hasso Plattner Institute
Potsdam | September 18 - 22, 2017

Normal registration ends on September 11.

Students may apply for one of 25 admission grants.

1st Fall School of the HPI Future SOC Lab

Data science applications require an adept handling of underlying hardware and software resources to achieve the required scalability and efficiency. To unleash the full potential of data science technologies, the developers' understanding needs to go beyond the mere usage of third-party library interfaces. Emerging data science applications can only benefit from improved hardware acceleration, if compute and storage resources are managed efficiently. Non-uniform memory hierarchies and heterogeneous computing architectures offer enormous opportunities but also pose new challenges for deep learning and other machine learning approaches. The Fall School on Efficient Architectures for Data Science will bring together students, researchers and industry practitioners to explore these opportunities and challenges.

The event focuses on hands-on experience and mutual exchange. It features two parts:

  • There will be expert-taught classes on data science technologies, efficient resource utilization, and advanced optimization approaches.
  • The majority of the time will be allocated to a practical software development and optimization contest, which will challenge participants to apply their knowledge in a real-world data science scenario.

We are looking forward to an exciting week of inspiration, learning, and hacking.


Exceptional Master students and Ph.D. candidates with research interests in data science, machine learning, parallel computing, resource optimization, or heterogeneous computing are encouraged to apply. Programming skills in C/C++ and Python are desirable.

Important Dates

July 28, 2017>End of Early Registration Period
September 10, 2017>Final Registration Deadline
September 18-22, 2017 > Future SOC Lab Fall School
November 15, 2017> Award Ceremony &
Future SOC Lab Day Fall 2017

List of Topics

  • Performance of data science techniques and algorithms
  • Scalability and efficiency of deep learning
  • Efficient resource utilization and monitoring
  • Optimization for massively parallel hardware
  • NUMA-aware programming
  • Heterogeneous and accelerated computing


Subject to change.

Monday, September 18, 2017 

  • Registration, Welcome
  • Introductory Talks: Hardware and Infrastructure of the Future SOC Lab
  • Introductory Talks: Data Science Algorithms, Frameworks, Tools
  • Exercises

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  • Advanced Talks: Resource Management and Performance Optimization
  • Challenge Details
  • Project Time
  • Social Event

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Invited Talks: Stories from the Industry
  • Project Time
  • Social Event

Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Invited Talks: Current Research
  • Project Time
  • Social Event

Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Progress Presentations
  • Project Time

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (Future SOC Lab Day - Fall/2017)

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the projects of the previous HPI Future Service-Oriented Computing Lab period get a chance to present the results of their research activities. Additionally, selected requestors of new projects can expand their ideas.
HPI Future SOC Lab Day - Fall 2017

  • Award Ceremony: Future SOC Lab Fall School


The best implementations from the programming contest will be awarded special prizes backed by our sponsors. Contestants will be evaluated regarding the efficiency, resource utilization, performance and exactness of their solutions.

All participants of EADS will receive a certificate for their accomplishments. The jury will comprise the organizers and sponsors.


The event will take place at Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, with direct access to the HPI Future SOC Lab.

The Future SOC Lab, a cooperation of HPI and the industrial partners DellEMC, Fujitsu, SAP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), offers an infrastructure of powerful hardware and software, including a 1000 core cluster, multi-core servers, a variety of accelerators and coprocessors, and cutting edge storage and interconnect technologies.

The Future SOC lab enables the computational acceleration of various research projects. For EADS, the lab provides a unique location, facilitating programming experiments on state-of-the-art and next-generation infrastructure. For the contest, participants will be granted exclusive access to all the Future SOC lab resources. Registration fees include the lectures with accompanying material, exercises, access to the infrastructure, all social events, and refreshments.

Accommodation and travel will have to be covered by the participants.