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UvA course 2016-06-15

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General Information

SURFsara has been operating the HPC Cloud as an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) for several years. We have launched recently a new HPC Cloud with a powerful user interface and a complete new cluster with fast compute nodes and high-performant big storage volumes. The user interface and cloud software relies on OpenNebula 4 and our new cluster is called Oort, after the Oort cloud.

This particular course aims to introduce the workshop participants to the HPC Cloud by providing a set of lectures and hands-on examples to run on the real Oort infrastructure. Here is a summary of the course outline:


15th June 2016, UvA

  • 09:30 Welcome
  • 09:35 Presentation: HPC Cloud at SURFsara (Nuno Ferreira)
  • 10:15 Hands-on: Parts A & B
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Presentation: Cloudifying - parallelism & API (Ander Astudillo)
  • 13:45 Hands-on: Extras
  • 17:00 End


Participants should bring a laptop with Internet connection and a proper browser. Prior experience in Linux commands will help but is not a prerequisite.

For this tutorial you will need:

NOTE: only 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 setting:

  • 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 has three parts. The exercises in part A & B will give you a first grasp for the basic usage of HPC Cloud. Once you have completed and understood this, then continue to the Extras part with more advanced examples on the HPC Cloud.

The accounts will remain active until 24th of June 2016.


For those who submit an assignment on the HPC Cloud course, please run both exercises OpenMP: calculating π and MPI: Wave equation and answer the assignment questions.

Send your answers to: Nuno Ferreira by 24th of June 2016.