The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) will host a virtual crash course for High Performance Computing (HPC) December 13-16. This course will cover the foundational skills needed to learn about HPC (e.g., UNIX, command-line text editors, intro C programming), then introduce key concepts for the parallel programming needed to do HPC.

Who should attend and what are the prerequisites?
The target audience for this event are those new to HPC or those who need a refresher on basic HPC skills. You will need to have access to the internet and a computer that you are able to install an ssh client on. You will also need to be able to run Zoom locally – using either a desktop client or through a browser.

What happens at the event?
OLCF staff will cover a set of topics essential to HPC, where each topic will consist of a lecture followed by a hands-on component. Participants will be supported by OLCF staff through a combination of Zoom and Slack. Students will have access to a Unix environment.


Instructions about how to join the meeting and how to apply for the HPC resources needed for the exercises will be sent to you after you register.

Dates Topics Time (all times EST)
12-13-22 Virtual Day Login, Vim and Unix Basics 1:00 – 2:45 pm EST
12-15-22 Virtual Day Introduction to C programming

Introduction to Python

1:00 – 2:45 pm EST
12-16-22 Virtual Day Hands-On HPC 1:00 – 4:40 pm EST


Students who complete a select set of exercise will get an Introduction to HPC certificate that can be used on resumes. If you need to miss a day, all lessons will be recorded, so you may still do the assignment to get the the certificate.

Students will have access to our training cluster to complete all the certificate requirements and exercises until January 30th.


Winter Virtual HPC Crash Course

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