HPC Cloud tutorials

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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 tutorial 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. If you follow these tutorials as part of an (introduction) course, your instructor will have credentials ready for you to use.


Participants are expected to have a laptop with Internet connection and a browser installed. Prior experience with Linux commands will help, but is 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.