AI Training Series - Introduction to the LRZ AI Systems

This course is part of the "LRZ AI Training Series", a series of courses aiming at the needs and expectations of data analytics, big data & AI users at LRZ. While focusing on these particular users and their use cases, this session as well as all other courses offered as part of the AI Training Series are, of course, open to all interested parties.

This course for academic participants from Germany will be organised as a hybrid event with the possibility to attend at LRZ in Garching near Munich or online. On-site participation will allow for direct interaction with trainers during hands-on and demos. When registering, you can choose between 2 booking options:

- Academia Germany ONLINE: If you want to attend remotely.
- Academia Germany ON-SITE: If you want to attend at LRZ in Garching near Munich.

On-site participants are expected to bring their own laptops.


The aim of this course is to give an overview of the LRZ AI Systems, and provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently utilise them. The course consists of mini lectures, demos and hands on sessions (breaks included) covering the following topics:

  • Resources overview of the LRZ AI Systems

  • Fundamentals of Deep Learning

  • Distributed Training of Neural Networks


Three blocks of content, devoting roughly an hour each to the first two, and two and a half hours to the third one:

  • Overview of LRZ AI Systems (1h)
    • Hardware overview (B)
    • Access mode for the different resources (B)
    • Execution Mode (software stack) (B) + (I)

15min Break

  • Fundamentals of Deep Learning (1h)
    • Introduction to Neural Networks (B)

    • Training Neural Networks (B)

    • Introduction to Convolutional Neural Networks (B)

    • Introduction to Transformers (B)
    • Exercises: Training Convolutional Neural Networks and Transformers on GPUs (I)

1h Break

  • Distributed Deep Learning Training Part I (1h)
    • Motivation for Distributed Deep Learning Training (B)
    • Overview of Techniques for Distributed Deep Learning Training (B)

 15min Break

  • Distributed Deep Learning Training Part II (1.5h)
    • Data Parallelism (I)
    • Exercise: Data Parallelism (I)
    • Model Parallelism - Pipeline Parallelism and Tensor Parallelism (A)
    • Demo: Pipeline Parallelism (A)


  • AI Training Series: Orientation Session (or comparable previous knowledge)
  • AI Training Series: Introduction to Container Technology & Application to AI at LRZ (or comparable previous knowledge)


During the course a live demo on how to access and operate the LRZ AI system will be showcased. In addition, the parallelisation of the training of a ML model will be also demonstrated. 

Content Level

The content level of the course is broken down as:

Beginner's content:



Intermediate content:



Advanced content:



Community-targeted content:






Navdar Karabulut, Ajay Navilarekal, Maja Piskac, Darshan Thummar (all LRZ)

Prices and Eligibility

The course is open and free of charge for people from academia and industry.


Please register with your official e-mail address to prove your affiliation. Following your successful registration, you will receive an invoice approx. 2 weeks before the course. After paying the invoice, you will not receive a receipt. If you require proof of payment (e.g., for reimbursement) please use a copy of the invoice together with your bank statement indicating the payment.

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Course AI Training Series - Introduction to the LRZ AI Systems
Number hdta3w23
Available places 77
Date 07.11.2023 – 07.11.2023
Price EUR 0.00
Boltzmannstr. 1
85748 Garching near Munich
Room Kursraum 2
Registration deadline 02.11.2023 16:31
No. Date Time Leader Location Room Description
1 07.11.2023 10:00 – 16:00 Johannes Albert-von der Gönna
Maja Piskac
LRZ Events
Darshan Thummar
Ajay Navilarekal
Navdar Karabulut
HYBRID: ONLINE/LRZ Kursraum 2 Lecture