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Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists

Formación técnica
07 Mar 2023
PATC course organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Objectives: High-performance computing (HPC) is a fundamental technology used to solve a wide range of scientific research problems. Many important challenges in science such as protein folding, drug discovery, and tumour evolution, all depend on simulations, models and analyses run on HPC facilities to make progress.

This course introduces HPC to life science researchers, focusing on the aspects that are most important for those new to this technology to understand. It will help you judge how HPC can best benefit your research, and equip you to go on to successfully and efficiently make use of HPC facilities in future. The course will cover basic concepts in HPC hardware, software, user environments, filesystems, and programming models. It also provides an opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience and assistance using an HPC system (MARENOSTRUM) through examples drawn from the life sciences, such as biomolecular simulation.

Prerequisites:  Familiarity with basic Linux commands (at the level of being able to navigate a file system). You may find a Linux online course such as https://swcarpentry.github.io/shell-novice/ useful if you are less familiar with Linux.

No programming skills or previous HPC experience is required.

Learning Outcomes:  On completion of the course, we expect that attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the drivers and motivation to use HPC
  • Describe the European HPC landscape and HPC facilities available to researchers
  • Identify HPC hardware - Building blocks and architectures
  • Define Parallel computing - Programming models and implementations
  • Use HPC systems

More information in BSC website.