Introduction to High Performance Computing (HPC) for Astronomers

The size and complexity of Astronomical data continue to grow swiftly, and while this presents great opportunities it also poses challenges to traditional methods of data storage, reduction, and analysis. To assist Astronomers in addressing these challenges, we are presenting a three-day workshop introducing the fundamentals of HPC and some of the skills necessary to effectively utilise its power. During the final session, there will also be a clinic held by representatives from Pawsey, Swinburne, and NCI, where you can discuss one-on-one how to port your applications and workflow to HPC resources.

 

Where: Swinburne University, Melbourne, Hawthorn, Victoria

When: 27-29 November 2017, 9am-5pm

Registration is free, please RSVP via Eventbrite

Attendance will be strictly limited to a small number to provide a personalised and hands-on experience.

Who: The course is aimed at postgraduate students and researchers who want to learn more about high-performance computing.

No previous knowledge is assumed and you can register for some or all of the sessions. However, please be aware that the different sessions follow on from each other.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. Further information on any other required software will be send out the week prior to the workshop.

 

Schedule

Monday, Nov 27, 2017

Engineering (EN) Room 102, Swinburne University of Technology

9:00 – 9:15 Introductions and Administration
9:15 – 10:15 Introduction to Programming Paradigms
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 Introduction to Computing Architectures
11:30 – 12:00 Overview of Pawsey/NCI.  Applying for Time
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:30 Introduction to OpenMP
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 16:00 Introduction to OpenMP continued

 

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Engineering (EN) Room 102, Swinburne University of Technology

9:00 – 9:15 Introductions and Administration
9:15 – 10:15 Introduction to MPI
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Introduction to MPI continued
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:30 Introduction to MPI continued
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 16:00 Introduction to MPI continued

 

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

Engineering (EN) Room 615, Swinburne University of Technology

9:00 – 9:15 Introductions and Administration
9:15 – 10:00 Using Lustre Parallel Filesystems
10:00 – 10:20 Introduction to HDF5
10:20 – 10:35 Coffee Break
10:35 – 11:00 HDF5 continued
11:00 – 11:45 Introduction to MPI-I/O
11:44 – 12:00 Q+A / Workshop wrap-up
13:00 – 16:00 Drop-in Clinic