HPC @ Uni.lu

High Performance Computing in Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg operates since 2007 a High Performance Computing platform which currently features a total of nodes (in practice, computing cores) for a cumulative computing power estimated at TFlops.

The total raw storage capacity shared within the clusters is currently estimated at TB (NFS + Lustre).

The effective usage of this complex platform is not an easy task and requires both talent and system skills to understand the impact of our personal workflow on the global performance of the system.

The UL HPC team, together with leading computational scientists of the UL and HPC technologists will offer instructions and practical sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Access to and interaction with the UL HPC infrastructures
  • HPC challenges, especially as regards data and storage management
  • HPC workflow management (for sequential and parallel tasks)
  • Prototyping with Python and Matlab in an HPC environment
  • Parallel debugging, profiling and performance analysis

The aim is to cover basic and intermediate-level usage of the platform, Whether you have no HPC experience or are an advanced user looking to refresh and update your knowledge, don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the efficient usage of the system.

Important Pre-registration is required. No on-site registration will be accepted. Pre-registration will be accepted until 10am Tuesday, November 10th, 2017. Registration Fees (100€) applies for UL externals and should be paid prior to the venue.

This sixth edition of the UL HPC School will take place on:
Thursday, November 9th, 2017, on the Belval campus, Location: MSA 3rd floor, rooms 3.070 and 3.100

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All sessions will take place at the Belval Campus.

Important You are expected to bring your laptop for all sessions since there will be no workstation available on site.

All tutorials proposed as practical sessions will be available on GitHub. The detailed program is available here.

Agenda - Thursday, November 9th, 2017)

Thu. Nov 9 Main Track (MSA 3.070)  
9h00-10h00 PS1a: Getting Started on the UL HPC platform, by C. Parisot. slides
10h00-10h30 Coffee break  
10h30-11h45 Keynote: Overview and Challenges of the UL HPC Facility at the Belval and EuroHPC Horizon, by S.Varrette slides
11h45-12h30 PS1b: Getting Started on the UL HPC platform - continued, by C. Parisot. slides
12h30-13h30 LUNCH  
13h30-15h30 PS2: HPC workflow with sequential jobs (test cases on GROMACS, Java and Python), by H.Cartiaux. slides
15h30-16h00 Coffee break  
16h00-17h00 PS3: UL HPC Monitoring in practice: why, what, how, where to look, by C. Parisot slides
17h00-18h00 PS4: HPC workflow with MPI jobs: OSU Microbenchmarks and HPL, by S. Varrette. slides


Thu. Nov 9 Advanced Parallel Track (MSA 3.100)  
13h30-14h30 PS5: Advanced Scheduling (Slurm, OAR), by V. Plugaru slides
14h30-15h30 PS6: Debugging, profiling and performance analysis, by V.Plugaru slides
15h30-16h00 Coffee break  
16h00-17h00 PS7: [Advanced] Prototyping with Python, by S. Peter. slides
17h00-18h00 PS8: MATLAB (interactive, passive and sequential jobs), by V. Plugaru slides

PS = Practical Session using your laptop


Practical information

The HPC school will be organized at the Belval campus of the University of Luxembourg.

University of Luxembourg, campus Belval 2, avenue de l’Université L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette 49°30’15.4”N 5°56’54.2”E (49.504268, 5.948397)