We organize several training events for both beginning and advanced HPC users.

Training for starters

Twice a year, at the start of the fall and spring semesters, we offer a series of courses to introduce new users to supercomputing and the use of the VSC clusters. Large groups can request an extra session.

New users are encouraged to follow the full set of trainings unless they have ample experience with the topics covered in the first two courses. Users who already have experience at other supercomputer centres are still strongly encouraged to follow the HPC@UAntwerp introduction as the organization of the software, scheduling software, and so on may very well have been different on those systems.

We make video recordings of a previous session available. Even if you have taken some of the lectures already, it may be useful to have a second look at some parts.

Introduction to Linux​
  • For everybody without previous Linux experience (basic commands and bash scripting).
  • An introduction to Linux, the operating system of all VSC supercomputers.
  • Previous session: March 1, 9.30-13.30h, and March 2, 13.30-17.30h (CMI G.026)
  • Next session: October 3-4, 9.30-13.30h (CMI G.025)
  • Slides of the October 2022 session
Supercomputers for starters
  • For everybody without knowledge of supercomputer architecture (hardware and software).
  • We take a closer look at the architecture of a supercomputer and the consequences that this has for running and developing software.
  • This lecture is equally relevant to those who will merely be running existing software as to those who will program on the clusters.
  • Previous session: March 8, 9.30-13.30h (CMI G.016)
  • Next session: October 13, 9.30-13.30h (CMI G.006)
  • Slides of the October 2022 session
  • Incomplete course notes (work in progress)
HPC@UAntwerp introduction​
  • For everybody who has not yet attended a previous session of this course.
  • An introduction to the CalcUA HPC infrastructure of the University of Antwerp.
  • All new users are encouraged to take this course, even if you have experience on other clusters.
  • Previous session: March 15, 9-13.30h, and March 16, 13.30-17.30h (CMI G.026)
  • Next session: October 17-18, 9-13.30h (CMI G.025)
  • Slides of the March 2022 session
  • Exercises