UNESCO-IHE symposium 2017-03-30&31


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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 its users access to fast computing nodes and high-performant big storage volumes through a powerful graphical user interface. The underlying infrastructure cloud cluster Oort is managed by OpenNebula cloud computing platform.

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 UNESCO-IHE mini-symposium which covers various topics on High-Performance Computing helping to solve water-related problems.


30th and 31st March 2017, UNESCO-IHE, Westvest 7, Room: A1b

Thursday, 30th

  • 14:30 Presentation and Demo: Introduction to the HPC Cloud (Ander Astudillo)
  • 15:00 Hands-on: Parts A & B (Ander Astudillo & Natalie Danezi)
  • 17:30 End

Friday, 31st

  • 10:00 Presentation: Cloudifying - parallelism & API (Ander Astudillo)
  • 10:30 Hands-on: Extras (Ander Astudillo & Natalie Danezi)
  • 12:00 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 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.