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Tue, 03 Oct


ICTS KU Leuven

HPC - introduction

This course takes half a day.

HPC - introduction
HPC - introduction

Time & Location

03 Oct 2023, 09:00 – 13:00 CEST

ICTS KU Leuven, Willem de Croylaan 52/bus 5580, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

About the Event

Topics covered

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

  • HPC Glossary
  • Description of the cluster
  • VSC at KU Leuven Infrastructure
  • Thin node cluster vs shared memory machine
  • CPU vs GPU
  • Software environment
  • How to submit jobs
  • Job's life cycle
  • Hand-on session
Target audience

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

Previous knowledge

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

  • What is Supercomputer, parallelism, VSC
  • Understanding basic HPC terms
  • Getting familiar with VSC infrastructure, KU Leuven HPC infrastructure in detail
  • Knowledge of KU Leuven VSC software environment
  • Getting familiar with shared memory concept
  • Understanding the difference between CPU and GPU
  • 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
  • How to perform parameter studies on the cluster


Ehsan MoravvejiMag Selwa, Wouter Van Assche

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