UvA HPC course 2021-01-22

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General Information

SURF 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.

In this webinar you will learn how to start your own virtual machine and coordinate different environments using the web interface. You learn to design your own infrastructure and to run your applications in the cloud. The presentation of the platform is combined with hands-on exercises that help you become familiar with the environment.

The session is co-jointly organized by the University of Amsterdam & SURF, and is part of:


22nd January 2021, Webinar

  • 09:00 Welcome
  • 09:05 Presentation and Demo: Introduction to SURF HPC Cloud (Nuno Ferreira)
  • 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 webinar you will need:

NOTE for Windows users:

For the Extras part, 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: