UvA HPC course 2020-01-23

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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.


23rd January 2020, UvA, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 REC A2.09 (Roeters Eiland, as opposed to the usual Science Park!)

  • 09:00 Welcome & Introduction: HPC Cloud at SURFsara (Nuno Ferreira)
  • 09:20 Demo (Carsten Schelp)
  • 09:45 Hands-on: Parts A & B (at your discretion, also C)
  • 12:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00 Morning recap
  • 13:05 Presentation and Demo: Cloudifying - parallelism & API (Ander Astudillo)
  • 13:45 Hands-on: Part C & 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 Extras you may 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: