SURF Research Boot Camp 2018-04-10

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This session is part of the Compute: Introduction to UNIX, Cluster computing, HPC Cloud Track of SURF Research Bootcamp. Here is the agenda for the HPC Cloud session:

Date: 2018-04-10
Location: Wibauthuis, Wibautstraat 3b, 1091 GH Amsterdam

  • 10:15 - 11:30 Introduction to UNIX
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Introduction to cluster computing
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Introduction to HPC Cloud Computing
    • 15:00 Presentation: Introduction to SURFsara HPC Cloud (Nuno Ferreira)
    • 15:30 Hands-on (Ander Astudillo, Nuno Ferreira)

SURFsara has been operating the HPC Cloud as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The HPC Cloud has a powerful user interface which grants access to high-performant compute and storage nodes. The user interface and cloud software relies on OpenNebula and the cluster of resources available is called Oort, after the Oort cloud.

This particular course aims to introduce the participants to the HPC Cloud by providing an introductory lecture to the service and a set of hands-on exercises to be run on the Oort production infrastructure.


This workshop assumes some familiarity with Unix and SSH, but is not a prerequisite.

Participants should bring a laptop with Internet connection with a browser. A set of non-default tools, which depend on your machine operating system, should be installed:


The hands-on tutorial has two parts. The exercises in part A will give you a first grasp for the basic usage of the HPC Cloud environment. Once you feel comfortable continue to the Extras part with more advanced examples.