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    High Performance Computing (HPC) in Life Science

    Bern, 28 Feburary 2012

    Several scientific applications require computing and/or storage resources that go beyond the processing power of a single multi-core machine. High performance computing (HPC) clusters provide the necessary hardware and software infrastructure to efficiently run computing and data intensive applications. The course provides detailed information on how to efficiently use the computing and storage infrastructure for life science applications.

    Note: The course is dedicated to the user community in Berne but others are welcome, too. In addition to using Vital-IT clusters at UNIL/EPFL and UNIGE, we will discuss how to use Vital-IT's life science software on the UBELIX cluster in Berne.


    • Obtain basic knowledge on high throughput and high performance computing
    • Learn how to use Vital-IT's infrastructure (incl. UBELIX in Berne) for scientific applications (including hands-on exercises)
    • Tips and tricks for effective and efficient cluster usage (incl. compute and storage usage guidelines)
    • Discuss particular computing needs and requirements of course participants


    • Basic understanding of working with command line tools on Linux or Windows-based operating systems
    • Scripting language such as bash or Perl is an asset



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