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Tue, 08 Oct


Willem de Croylaan 52, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

HPC Introduction

HPC Introduction
HPC Introduction

Time & Location

08 Oct 2019, 09:00 – 13:00

Willem de Croylaan 52, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

About the Event


This course will give a short practical summary of the basic things VSC users need to know to start working on the HPC cluster:

  • Overview of supercomputers
  • Concept of parallelism
  • History of supercomputers
  • HPC Glossary
  • What is the VSC
  • Description of the cluster
  • VSC at KU Leuven Infrastructure
  • Thin node cluster vs shared memory machine
  • CPU vs GPU
  • Software environment
  • Remote connection: secure connection, transferring files, displaying graphics, GUI
  • How to get started: accounts
  • How to submit jobs
  • Job's life cycle
  • Hand-on session

Target Group

This course is primarily targeted at researchers that would like/need to perform large scale computations using HPC facility - current and potential VSC-users.

Prior Knowledge

Having a basic knowledge of Linux is expected (if not please follow first the Linux-introduction course).


  • Understanding basic HPC terms
  • Getting familiar with VSC infrastructure, KU Leuven HPC infrastructure
  • Getting the account 
  • Being able to connect to the system, transfer the files and display graphical applications
  • Submitting own jobs and editing scripts
  • Checking job status, deleting unwanted jobs
  • Understanding output files
  • Ways to install applications on the cluster

Level: introductory

Course Room: opleidingslokaal C

Registration: via this link

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