Description: HPC Fundamentals for end-users is an introductory course on how to use Discoverer supercomputer, a
EuroHPC petascale system capable of executing more than 4,2 Petaflops Rmax and over 6 petaFLOPS Rpeak,
by users with no prior exposure to supercomputing systems. This is the first training course in a series
of two courses for beginner and intermediate HPC users that will allow them to master
their skills, knowledge and confidence to work with supercomputing environments. The course
will start with an introduction to the Discoverer systems and computing architecture
including storage subsystem and computer network infrastructure. During the four
days training, there would be a number of hands-on exercises so that attendees will
gain immediate experience on working in a typical user environment by building and running
state of the art parallel codes on the Discoverer system. Practical sessions will cover examples
from different research fields such as Life Sciences, Material Science and Multiphysics simulations.
Sofia TechPark will graciously provide Discoverer compute resources for the
Here is the invitation letter from Prof. Stoyan Markov, Chairman of NCSA.
Registration: Please click here.
Objective: The objective of the first course is to provide attendees with essential knowledge in
modern petascale architectures and computing environments as well as the necessary fundamental
skills and knowledge on how to harness the capacity and capability of supercomputing systems up to the petascale level.
What you will learn
- Understanding of modern HPC architectures with a focus on Discoverer system
- Navigating through typical HPC environment on Discoverer (terminal access and file transfer tools, usage of the module system)
- Submitting jobs by utilizing batch queuing and scheduling system SLURM
- Working with compilers and build tools available on Discoverer
- Compiling and running parallel codes on GROMACS, CP2K, Alya, NAMD, DL_PLOY and DL_MESO
Target audience: Under-graduate and graduate students, PhD students, junior researchers (academy and industry),
IT specialists, Software Engineers or anyone who wants to use Discoverer petascale supercomputer system in their research & business.
Prerequisites: No prior knowledge and experience with computational methodologies and HPC is required.
Attendees should have basic computer management skills and be able to work comfortably on the
Unix/Linux command line, notion of compilers and build procedures. For those who would like to brush up on
their Linux knowledge, we are going to organize a dedicated course “Practical Introduction to Linux”
in January 13-14, 2022. The latter course is open only for registered attendees in the “
HPC Fundamentals for end-users” course. They can express interest in the refresh course by registering here.
Selection process: There is a threshold number of participants (no more than 40 registrations),
timely registration is essential. Attendees must be from institutions (universities, research
centers, and companies) based in the EU or Associated Countries to the Horizon 2020 Programme.
We will prioritise attendees from South-East Europe, Israel and Ukraine as well as
participants that come from other EU13 countries.
Programme: A detailed programme will be announced in early January 2022 on the course webpage.
A shortlist of the software packages for hands-on sessions includes GROMACS, CP2K, Alya, NAMD, DL_PLOY and DL_MESO.
Cost: There is no registration fee. The course is free of charge.
Registration deadline: January 25, 2022.
Organising committee leaders: Assoc. prof. Dr. Peicho Petkov (NCSA) and Prof. Dr. Simeon Stoyanov (PetaSC).
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