DCSR, Introduction to using the clusters

Several scientific applications require computing and or storage resources that go beyond the processing power of a single multi-core machine. High performance computing (HPC) clusters provide the necessary hardware and software infrastructure to efficiently run computing and data intensive applications. This course provides detailed information on how to efficiently use UNIL compute and storage infrastructure.
Objectives   Learn how to process data on the UNIL HPC clusters and how to manage data in the UNIL storage facility.
Target audience   This course is meant as an introduction for PhD students, post-docs, researchers of UNIL and CHUV who need to conduct heavy scientific computing in their research and/or manage large amount of data.

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • Be familiar with the layouts of the computing and storage facilities of the UNIL, and their cost models.
  • Be able to submit jobs on the HPC clusters of the UNIL.
  • Be able to properly organize their data in the storage facility.
  • Learn how to use UNIL infrastructure for scientific applications (including hands-on exercises).
  • Be aware of the tips and tricks for an efficient usage of the processing and storage facilities as shared resources.
Length   2 half-days
Organization   On a quarterly basis.
Location   To be defined or remotely
  • Basic knowledge of working with command line tools on Linux based operating systems. If you do not feel comfortable with UNIX commands, please take a UNIX fundamentals e-learning module or attend the SIB 'First Steps with UNIX' course for example.
  • Basic knowledge of bash is an asset.
  • Please bring your own laptop with WIFI eduroam activated. You will need a SSH client to connect to the clusters. Windows users can install e.g. Putty or MobaXterm or a Linux virtual machine or use the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) if available (Windows 10).


IMPORTANT: Please register using your Unil email address!

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