CSC joins the OpenMP effort

21 Apr 2021 | Network Updates | Update from CSC – IT CENTER FOR SCIENCE
These updates are republished press releases and communications from members of the Science|Business Network

32 vendors and research organizations now collaborating on developing a standard parallel programming model

CSC has joined the OpenMP ARB, a group of leading hardware vendors, software vendors, and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.

One of the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputers, LUMI, will be located in CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. Visit LUMI at

"At CSC, we expect that with the pre-exascale EuroHPC LUMI supercomputer, OpenMP will play an important role in preparing our applications for the heterogeneous architecture and the exascale era. Thus, joining the OpenMP ARB is an opportunity to discuss and work together with exceptional people, in order to be ready for the coming challenges", says George Markomanolis, Lead HPC Scientist at CSC. 

“The LUMI system will be an important step towards exascale class systems in Europe,” says Michael Klemm, CEO of the OpenMP ARB, “With the experiences they will gather from their applications, CSC Finland will help greatly improve the next versions of the OpenMP API.”

The OpenMP ARB now has 32 members. See the list of members at

About OpenMP 

The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) has a mission to standardize directive-based multi-language high-level parallelism that is performant, productive, and portable. Jointly defined by a group of major computer hardware vendors, software vendors, and researchers, the OpenMP API is a portable, scalable model that gives parallel programmers a simple and flexible interface for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from embedded systems and accelerator devices to multicore systems and shared-memory systems. The OpenMP ARB owns the OpenMP brand, oversees the OpenMP specification, and produces and approves new versions of the specification. Further information can be found at, including details on how organizations can join the OpenMP ARB. 

This article was first published on April 16 by CSC

Never miss an update from Science|Business:   Newsletter sign-up