Introduction to High-Performance Computing

This workshop is an introduction to using high-performance computing systems effectively. We can’t cover every case or give an exhaustive course on parallel programming in just two days’ teaching time. Instead, this workshop is intended to give students a good introduction and overview of the tools available and how to use them effectively.


Command line experience is necessary for this lesson. We recommend the participants to go through shell-novice, if new to the command line (also known as terminal or shell).

By the end of this workshop, students will know how to:

Getting Started

To get started, follow the directions in the “Setup” tab to download data to your computer and follow any installation instructions.

Note that this is the draft HPC Carpentry release. Comments and feedback are welcome.

For Instructors

If you are teaching this lesson in a workshop, please see the Instructor notes.


Setup Download files required for the lesson
09:00 1. Working on a remote HPC system What is an HPC system?
How does an HPC system work?
How do I log in to a remote HPC system?
09:10 2. Navigating Files and Directories How can I move around the cluster filesystem
How can I see what files and directories I have?
How can I make new files and directories.
09:50 3. Accessing software via Modules How do we load and unload software packages?
10:10 4. Working with the scheduler What is a scheduler and why are they used?
How do I launch a program to run on any one node in the cluster?
How do I capture the output of a program that is run on a node in the cluster?
11:25 5. Using resources effectively How do we monitor our jobs?
How can I get my jobs scheduled more easily?
11:50 6. Using shared resources responsibly How can I be a responsible user?
How can I protect my data?
12:05 Finish

The actual schedule may vary slightly depending on the topics and exercises chosen by the instructor.