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Tutorials

HPC@LSU invites you to attend our weekly training scheduled every Wednesdays, except university holidays. All training sessions are from 10AM to 12PM at 307 Frey Computing Services Center. The sessions will be available on adobe connect for remote participants and will be recorded for later review.

The training sessions are subject to cancellation due to lack of registrations, so please register if you plan on attending. Registration closes at noon on the day prior to the training.

Click on the tutorial topic to obtain more information and registration details. Adobe Connect links to attend the training will be provided via email to all registered participants.

Fall 2014 Training Schedule

1. September 3, 2014: Introduction to Linux

TopicIntroduction to Linux
DateSeptember 3, 2014
Time10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place307 Frey
DescriptionThis tutorial provides beginner and intermediate users with basic Linux/Unix command line environment experience. Topics covered in this class include navigating through the system, useful commands, editors (vi and emacs) and basic shell scripting. If you have no previous experience with shell scripting and using editors such as emacs and vi, this course is a prerequisite for the tutorials on User Environment and Shell Scripting.

Prerequisites
  • Laptop with
    • Linux (any flavor) installed
    • Unix based OS such Mac OSX/BSD
  • OR
    • LONI or LSU HPC account
    • SSH client such as Putty for windows
  • OR

RegistrationClick Here

2. September 10, 2014: HPC User Environment 1

TopicHPC User Environment 1
DateSeptember 10, 2014
Time10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place307 Frey
DescriptionThis training provides an overview of the HPC hardware and software environment, queuing system, compiling programs, writing submit scripts, running and monitoring jobs on HPC systems.

Prerequisites
  • LONI or LSU HPC account
  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix
  • Editors such as vi or emacs
  • SSH client such as Putty for Windows

RegistrationClick Here

3. September 17, 2014: HPC User Environment 2

TopicHPC User Environment 2
DateSeptember 17, 2014
Time10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place307 Frey
DescriptionThis training provides an overview of the HPC hardware and software environment, queuing system, compiling programs, writing submit scripts, running and monitoring jobs on HPC systems.

Prerequisites
  • LONI or LSU HPC account
  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix
  • Editors such as vi or emacs
  • SSH client such as Putty for Windows

RegistrationClick Here

4. September 24, 2014: Distributed Job Execution

TopicDistributed Job Execution
DateSeptember 24, 2014
Time10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place307 Frey
DescriptionWhile the steadily increasing core counts of modern day processors continue to favor large-scale distributed and multi-threaded applications, the demand for serial processing has surged as non-traditional fields, such as computational biology, increasingly adapt computational methods. This presents a problem on clusters tuned for massively parallel processing. One solution is to tune the job scheduler to carve out resources primarily for serial jobs which complicates system management. The other, taken here, is to adapt existing shell features to facilitate running many essentially embarrassingly parallel tasks under one job script. Running tasks in the background works well for small numbers of tasks, but recent requirements for managing 10's of thousands of such tasks required a better approach – motivating the creation of WQ. It consists of a Python script that implements a run-time aware distribution-worker model, a PBS script with an absolute minimum number of moving parts, and a script or command to execute a single task. This presentation reviews shell job control features, the discusses the implementation of WQ. Examples will include purely serial, multi-threaded, and small MPI tasks.

Prerequisites
  • Beginner to intermediate level knowledge of shell scripting and PBS job submission is assumed, but not required.

RegistrationClick Here

Virtual Images

For benefit of Training particpants who do not have ready access to a Linux machine, we have created a virtual image of CentOS 6.3. You can use this image in lieu of a LONI or LSU HPC account for some, but not all of our training courses. More details about this image and installation instructions are provided here

Past Tutorials

We offer many tutorial sessions for our HPC users both on campus and through the access grid to LSU partners. Topics covered vary from:

  • Introduction to Linux
  • More Linux
  • LaTeX
  • CVS
  • Subversion
  • MPI
  • OpenMP
  • HPC Environment.

To read descriptions or access PDF's of the slides from past tutorials Past Tutorials.