Having a High Performance Computing platform available for the UL researchers and PhD students is a chance to deeply accelerate their workflow and analysis, however the effective usage of such a complex system requires both talent and system skills to understand the impact of its personal workflow on the global performances of the system. In this context, the seventh edition of the UL HPC School offers instructions and practical sessions on a variety of topics, including:
- Access to and interaction with the UL HPC infrastructures
- HPC challenges, especially as regards the storage data management (backups, git, GDPR, quotas)
- HPC workflow management (for sequential and parallel tasks)
- HPC programming and usage of the main software available on the platform, with dedicated sessions directed towards Matlab/Mathematica, R, Python, OpenMP/MPI, MultiPhysics, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Big Data analytics, Deep and Machine learning etc.
- Debugging and profiling
- Software environment management
- Virtualisation with containers on the clusters
With around 90 highly motivated participants, this new edition of the Uni.lu HPC School was another great success.
The traditional inaugural keynote presented by Dr. Varrette offered an up-to-date overview updated view of the UL HPC platform, its usage and its future.
Otherwise, most of the time was dedicated to 17 practical parallel sessions lectured by the HPC team together with leading computational scientists of the University of Luxembourg and HPC technologists (namely Dr. Varrette, Valentin Plugaru, Sarah Peter, Hyacinthe Cartiaux, Clément Parisot and Dr. Aurélien Ginolhac).
- Participation was free of charge for UL staff members, partnered public research institutes and students (250€ for externals)
- List of practical session
It is worth to note that following the Open Science paradigm, the material of all proposed tutorials is publicly available since the very first edition on github and on http://ulhpc-tutorials.readthedocs.io/.
Last but not least, this edition has seen a co-located joint event with the organization of the Uni.lu-NSTDA workshop (as part of the EU-ASEAN E-READI programme). More precisely, an expert team delegation from the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thaïland was welcome over the week to offer, in addition to the HPC School, technical exchanges to sustain the national HPC developments in progress within both countries (i.e. Luxembourg and Thaïland).