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HPC at Warwick and Beyond

A series of three one-hour seminars. These introduce the high-performance computing options at Warwick and take you through the basics of what you'll need to use these, and finish with some essentials for using other HPC options. When this course in run in person we add one-hour support sessions following the seminars. See below for how to follow this course yourself at any time.

Session Details for October 2023

For in person attendance - 10:00 to 12:00 on the 16th, 18th and 20th October in
Simultaneously we will be livestreaming at the following links:
Links will remain available after the sessions for review etc
If you would like Skillsforge credit for remote attendance we have a completion form to submit after the course. We will give out a simple code word during the streams, and there‚Äôs a quick quiz. The link to the form is 

Annotated Slides and Material:

Session 1 (10/2023 - fixed broken link 16/10)

Session 2 (Updated 10/2023)

Session 2 example scripts and code (updated 17/10 with Avon specifics)

Session 3 (10/2023)

Videos streams will remain linked here after the sessions

Final Quiz (scored but not linked to you in any way)

Useful Links:

SCRTP main page

Cluster user guideLink opens in a new window on the SCRTP docs

Desktop user guideLink opens in a new window on the SCRTP docs

Our materials covering the basics of using SCRTP Linux and a bit of Linux generally


Following This Course Independently:

We try to run this course regularly throughout the academic year, but it is also possible to work through independently. Proceed as follows:

  1. Read over the first session's notes, especially the annotations to the slides, or watch the video lecture. If there's anything you don't understand, use your favorite search engine and the SCRTP wiki, or turn to the support channels mentioned in the notes for help.
  2. Sign up for Desktop and Cluster access, if appropriate. If you already have access to a facility, you do not need to do this, but may want to. In particular, the examples are for clusters using the "Slurm" task manager.
  3. Grab the example scripts and code for Session 2. Read through the notes, but where there is a 'Demo' slide, instead try running the example yourself.
  4. Read through the notes or watch the video-lecture for Session 3. If you have some HPC code, try testing its scaling and plotting a graph.
  5. Try out the online quiz. You can go back and try again as many times as you like, and the score is not linked to you. Try and hit 8/12.

Getting SkillsForge Credit for This Course:

If you're a Warwick PhD student, and would like your independent completion to be recorded on SkillsForge:

  1. Work though the course per the previous section
  2. Log on to a cluster machine and verify that you can run a job
  3. Try the Online Quiz - try to score at least 8/12
  4. Fill in this short form verifying that you have done so