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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.

2020 Note : The cluster(s) is/are very busy due to research on COVID-19 so please be aware that current queue times can be long and loads are high!

Annotated Slides and Material:

Session 1 (17/10/2018)

Video Lecture of Session 1 (Youtube)Link opens in a new window

Session 2 (Updated 10/2020)

Session 2 example scripts and code

Session 3 (7/11/2018)

Video Lecture of Session 3 (Youtube)Link opens in a new window

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

Bugzilla

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.
  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