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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.

November 20th 2019 : Live demo and drop in version of session 2 running, 14:00 to 16:00 in R0.41. Work through session 1, signup for the relevant clusters and come along for help getting things going.

Annotated Slides and Material:

Session 1 (17/10/2018)

Video Lecture of Session 1 (Youtube)

Session 2 (31/10/2018)

Session 2 example scripts and code

Session 3 (7/11/2018)

Video Lecture of Session 3 (Youtube) (Coming soon)

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

Useful Links:

SCRTP main page

Cluster user guide on the SCRTP wiki

Desktop user guide on the SCRTP wiki

Online course covering the basics of using the SCRTP desktop and a bit of Linux


RSE support forum

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. Note that the GPU example can only be run on Tinis, not Orac.
  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