Is your computer's limited power throttling your research ambitions? Are your analysis scripts pushing your laptop's processor to its limits? Is your software crashing because you've run out of memory? Would you like to unleash to power of the Unix command line to automate your analysis and then apply those skills to run your analysis on supercomputers that you can access for free?
High-Performance Computing (HPC) allows you to accomplish your analysis faster by using many parallel CPUs and huge amounts of memory simultaneously.
This course will run over 2 days: Mon 23 Aug 1.30 - 4.30pm and Tues 24 Aug 9.30am - 12.30pm.
You will learn to:
- Connect to an HPC cluster
- Use the Unix command line to operate a remote computer and create job scripts
- Submit and manage jobs on a cluster using a scheduler
- Transfer files to and from a remote computer
- Use software through environment modules
- Use parallelisation to speed up data analysis
- Access the facilities available to you as a researcher
Prerequisites: This course assumes basic familiarity with the Bash command line environment found on GNU/Linux and other Unix-like environments. To come up to speed, consider taking the Unix Shell and Command Line Basics course (offered Wed 18 Aug).