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“High Performance Computing (HPC) is redefining the way research is done. As a consequence, research in all disciplines is delivering new knowledge and innovation, resulting in wealth creation, social advantage and well-being for all Canadians. Compute Canada’s goal is to build on the significant successes achieved to date and to address the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
-- Compute Canada
The University of Alberta is an important partner in WestGrid and Compute Canada’s large-scale Research Computing platforms. University of Alberta students, researchers and faculty can tap into these platforms to achieve their research objectives!
Embedded within Research Data Management Week (May 4-8, 2015) the workshop series is designed to provide users of all levels with an overview of Compute Canada and WestGrid functions and opportunities.
Come to one session, or come to them all!
Please note: A Compute Canada / WestGrid account is recommended to participate fully in some of the sessions, but is not required to attend the workshop. If you are interested in obtaining an account, please visit the WestGrid site for more information.
12:00pm-1:00pm—Brown Bag: Overview of Compute Canada ServicesLocation: Arts & Convocation Hall 3-09BSpeaker: John Simpson
Abstract: A quick overview of new research support directions of Compute Canada that will be particularly attractive to researchers outside of “traditional” heavy research computing based disciplines.
1:00pm-4:00pm—Intro to High Performance Computing and Data Centre TourLocation: ETLC 5-013Speaker: Kamil Marcinkowski
Abstract: This session is intended for beginners, as well as experienced HPC users looking for a refresher on basic HPC terminology and procedures. We begin with a brief discussion of Compute Canada and WestGrid organizations. After that, we introduce and define major concepts of High Performance Computing (HPC), including cluster, grid, cloud and “big data.” The discussion ends with a guided tour of the IST data centre and an opportunity to have all your HPC questions answered by our in-house experts!
9:00am-11:30pm—Using Compute Canada’s Cloud Services for Your ResearchLocation: ETLC 5-013Speaker: John Simpson
Abstract: This is a predominantly hands on session that will put three tools in the hands of participants:
The last item--the Compute Canada Cloud--will focus on the administration side of working with the cloud environment. For the actual deployment and development of software within the cloud environment it is recommended that users consider the Intro to Unix/Linux session that is offered on Wednesday afternoon.
New directions in research support by Compute Canada for researchers outside of more “traditional” high performance computing fields will also be covered as an extension of the Brown Bag session held on Monday.
1:00pm-2:30pm—Introduction to Unix/LinuxLocation: ETLC 5-013Speaker: Vineet Khandpur
Abstract: Intended for people with minimal-to-no experience with a Unix command-line interface, this session presents the basic skills required to start working with Unix systems. Most of the session is hands-on practice with key Unix commands, but with a short introduction to the history, theory and philosophy of Unix, including a discussion of the distinction between Unix and Linux.
2:30pm-4:00pm—Introduction to ScriptingLocation: ETLC 5-013Speaker: Vineet Khandpur
Abstract: Intended for people with minimal-to-no experience writing scripts within a Unix-style environment, this session presents the basic skills and coding background necessary to begin writing simple scripts to control jobs within a BASH environment.
Prerequisite: The Introduction to Unix/Linux course immediately prior or a skill set similar to what that course would provide.
1:00pm-4:00pm—WestGrid Basic SystemsLocation: ETLC 5-013Speaker: Masao Fujinaga
Abstract: This workshop session is an introduction to HPC using WestGrid. Participants are guided through the steps of transferring a program, compiling it and submitting a batch job. In the process, we discuss the software and tools available on the system, how to write scripts and where to find documentation. This session has been developed for beginner through intermediate levels of HPC users.
9:00am-12:00pm—West Grid Scheduling Part 1Location: ETLC 5-013Speaker: Kamil Marcinkowski
Abstract: This workshop session focuses on getting the most out of a cluster using a scheduler. Participants explore how to submit jobs, including more advanced topics such as job arrays, gpus and checkpointing. In the second part, participants discuss in greater detail how a scheduler works and how to use the knowledge to your advantage. The third part builds on the knowledge gained in the first two parts through the process of discovering why jobs are not running. While intermediate and advanced topics are covered, this section is intended to help HPC users of all levels become more proficient.
Prerequisite: WestGrid Basic Systems or similar experience.
1:00pm-4:00pm—West Grid Scheduling Part 2Location: ETLC 5-013Speaker: Kamil Marcinkowski
Abstract: The second part of the WestGrid scheduling workshop.
Prerequisite: WestGrid Scheduling Part 1.