UvA HPC course 2018-06-13

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General Information

SURFsara has been operating the HPC Cloud as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for several years. The HPC Cloud service offers users access to fast computing nodes and high-performant big storage volumes through a powerful graphical user interface. The underlying cluster Oort is managed by the OpenNebula cloud management software.

This workshop aims to introduce the participants to the HPC Cloud, by providing a set of lectures and hands-on examples to be run on the Oort infrastructure. The session is part of the UvA HPC Course which covers various topics related to HPC and Big Data.


13th June 2018, UvA, Science Park B0.206

  • 13:00 Welcome & coffee
  • 13:05 Presentation and Demo: HPC Cloud at SURFsara (Niek Bosch)
  • 13:45 Hands-on: Parts A & B
  • 17:00 End of day 1

14th June 2018, UvA, Science Park A1.06

  • 13:00 Welcome & coffee
  • 13:05 Presentation: Cloudifying - parallelism & API (Ander Astudillo)
  • 13:45 Hands-on: Part B & Extras
  • 17:00 End


Participants are expected to bring a laptop with Internet connection and a browser installed. Prior experience with Linux commands will help but not a prerequisite.

For this workshop you will need:

NOTE for Windows users:

For the course purposes you will need to start a graphical window in your laptop that is connected to your HPC Cloud machine. To make this work, you need to adjust the following:

  • Open GitBash (or git for windows).
  • In the terminal that appears, copy and paste the following commands:
# press enter to submit each command
echo "export DISPLAY=localhost:0.0" >> $HOME/.bashrc
source $HOME/.bashrc


The hands-on tutorial consists of three parts. Parts A & B provide exercises for you to grasp the basic concepts on how to operate in the HPC Cloud environment. The Extras part will focus on advanced topics, namelly parallel programming and automation, where you will exercise yourself on the HPC Cloud.



Download the assignment

Master students eligible to earn ECTS must follow all the lectures and participate on all workshops associated to UvA HPC Course. Access to the HPC Cloud service will remain available to the participants for 1 week after the course. The HPC Cloud course assignment needs to be delivered by then via the UvA’s Blackboard interface. Adam Belloum will then collect all assignments and make them available to the HPC Cloud team for evaluation.

Thus, make sure you have submitted your assignment before 23:59h next Thursday, 21st June.