Hands-on Introduction to High Performance Computing, WomEncourage Conference, Barcelona, Spain


High-performance computing (HPC) is a fundamental technology used in solving scientific problems. Many of the grand challenges of science depend on simulations and models run on HPC facilities to make progress, for example: protein folding, the search for the Higgs boson and developing nuclear fusion.

The course covers the basic concepts underlying the drivers for HPC development, HPC hardware, software, programming models and applications and an opportunity for more practical experience, information on performance and the future of HPC. This foundation will give the you ability to appreciate the relevance of HPC in your field and also equip you with the tools to start making effective use of HPC facilities yourself.

The course is delivered using a mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions and has a very practical focus. During the hands-on sessions you will get the chance to use ARCHER, the UK National Supercomputer, with HPC experts available to answer your questions and provide insight.

Course Requirements:

Please bring your own laptop. Pre-requisites: Attendees are expected to have experience of using computers, but no programming, Linux or HPC experience is necessary.


9:00-13:30 with a 30 minute break at 11:00 CEST (Central European Standard Time)

Course Materials


Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
This course is part-funded by the PRACE project and is free to all. Please register using the online form. If you have any questions, please consult the course forum page or contact epcc-support@epcc.ed.ac.uk.