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    High Performance Computing (HPC) in Life Sciences: Vital-IT Infrastructure Training

    Lausanne, 4 February 2016

    Trainers: Vassilios Ioannidis, Grégoire Rossier
    Venue: University of Lausanne, Genopode Building
    ECTS: 0.25 (given a passed exam)
    Fee: no
    Application deadline 3 February 2016
    Application status: closed


    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 Vital-IT's compute and storage infrastructure for life science applications.


    This course is restricted to people wanting to use the Vital-IT cluster.

    Learning Objectives

    • Obtain basic knowledge on high throughput and high performance computing
    • Learn how to use Vital-IT's infrastructure 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


    Knowledge / competencies:

    • Basic understanding of working with command line tools on Linux or Windows-based operating systems. If you do not feel comfortable with UNIX commands, please take our UNIX fundamentals e-learning module. Alternatively, you can participate to our next "First Steps with UNIX in Life Science" courses on 21 January 2016.

    • Scripting language such as bash or Perl is an asset


    • Please bring your own laptop with WIFI Eduroam activated (Windows with Putty application installed or a Linux or Mac with a Terminal application)

    • Complete the exercise 'UNIX evalutation' at least 4 days before the course - see below


    University of Lausanne, Genopode building, classroom 2020 (Metro M1 line, Sorge station)

    Additional information

    The course will be taught by Vassilios Ioannidis and Grégoire Rossier, with the assistance of Robin Engler for the practicals.

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