High-Performance Computing courses offered by V3 Alliance

V3 Alliance (VPAC trading as) is running a set of three courses for Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced HPC with Linux on April 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively.
These courses are designed to provide users of Trifid and other HPC clusters an increasing level of knowledge to improve their research productivity.
A content summary for the courses and the three URLs for registration follows.

Please note that registration is required on all three links if you wish to register for all three courses.
There will be a slight delay between your registration and acceptance as we clear applications with your institution.

Course material and lunch will be provided at these training courses.

Introductory Linux and HPC Course
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The Introductory to HPC and Linux at VPAC course is designed to cater for a wide range of computer skill sets; we’ll provide an introduction to VPAC itself, what hardware and software we have installed, how to use our helpdesk system, the Linux environment, secure file transfers, file editing and manipulation, environment modules, and the Portable Batch System (PBS).

After working through the basic operations, and job submission sections, an advanced sections users will be given the chance to work through tutorials where they can submit a simple jobs to the cluster using a molecular dynamics program, NAMD, the statistical package, R, and a finite element analysis, Ansys. Each of these will outline and emphasize the basic workflow procedure for submitting high performance computing jobs.

This course will run from 10am to 3pm at VPAC, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton on Monday, April 7th. Registration is essential. Please note that course materials and lunch will be provided.

This course is open to VPAC users of member and associate institutions.

Please note that your institution pays VPAC for your registration in this full-fee course whether or not you attend on the day. The registration process includes VPAC vetting your application with your institution prior to your registration being accepted. Cancellations will be credited to your institution’s account only if your place can be filled.

Book quickly! There are only twelve places available for this course.

Register here: https://www.vpac.org/introhpc201404

Intermediate Linux and HPC Course
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In this course, users will initially learn a little more about VPAC, including its governance, other facilities, and the Client and Application Services department. Following this is an introduction to login files, advanced text-editing with vim, archiving, ownership and permissions of files, and more advanced examples output and command redirections, file manipulation, and program manipulation.

The course will then describe regular expressions, shells and shell scripting, the text manipulation programs sed and awk, resource management in HPC systems, and give further examples of PBS scripts which involve launching multiple jobs. Finally the course will discuss compiling one’s own applications, and specifically MPI programs, with comparisons between different compilers on an HPC system.

This course will run from 10am to 3pm at VPAC, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton on Tuesday, April 8th. Registration is essential. Please note that course materials and lunch will be provided.

This course is open to VPAC users of member and associate institutions.

Please note that your institution pays VPAC for your registration in this full-fee course whether or not you attend on the day. The registration process includes VPAC vetting your application with your institution prior to your registration being accepted. Cancellations will be credited to your institution’s account only if your place can be filled.

Book quickly! There are only twelve places available for this course.

Register here: https://www.vpac.org/interhpc201404

Advanced Linux and HPC Course
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Before attempting this advanced course, familiarity is required with the introductory and intermediate courses. It is essential that the attendee has a working familiarity with C and Fortran as well. It is recommended that users have some revision first, because many of the concepts contained in this course are quite advanced.

In this course, information is initially given about quotas and projects at VPAC. Following this is a review of computer architectures, principles of parallelisation, use of C and Fortran, OpenMPI, MPI functions and datatypes, communicators, messages, deadlocks, use of wildcards, collective communications, profiling, latency hiding, and derived datatypes. A number of programming examples and opportunities for development are provided.

This course will run from 10am to 3pm at VPAC, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton on Wednesday, April 9th. Registration is essential. Please note that course materials and lunch will be provided.

This course is open to VPAC users of member and associate institutions.

Please note that your institution pays VPAC for your registration in this full-fee course whether or not you attend on the day. The registration process includes VPAC vetting your application with your institution prior to your registration being accepted. Cancellations will be credited to your institution’s account only if your place can be filled.

Book quickly! There are only twelve places available for this course.

Register here: https://www.vpac.org/advhpc201404

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