September 25 & 26, 2018
9am - 4pm
Instructors: John Simpson, Kamil Marchinkowksi, Chris Want
Helpers: Erming Pei
HPC Carpentry is a new workshop in the beta development phase for inclusion in The Carpentries. In is designed to teach how to interact with a compute cluster. The first lesson, HPC Shell, is a general introduction to the bash command line with specific reference to working on remote system. The second lesson, HPC Intro, focuses on submitting work on a typical HPC cluster through the scheduler. The third lesson, HPC Beyond, is a alpha protoype focusing on parallelization and optomization. Each lesson takes roughly a half day.
Workshops are intended to be fully interactive and taught in the “Software Carpentry” format: instruction is done live, with learners coding along with workshop instructors. Frequent excercises and test problems have been added to ensure students have a chance to try things on their own. No prior computing experience is required or expected.
When: September 25 & 26, 2018. Add to your Google Calendar.
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. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Code of Conduct.
Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organizers have checked that:
Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.
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Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.
The workshop is split into three modules, as follows:
Click the links in the list above for a list of specific content. HPC Beyond is so new that we don't have any pages available for it yet.
We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.
To participate in HPC Carpentry you will need an up-to-date web browser and access to the software described below.
We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.
Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly.
cmdand press [Enter])
setx HOME "%USERPROFILE%"
SUCCESS: Specified value was saved.
exitthen pressing [Enter]
This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.
The default shell in all versions of macOS is Bash, so no
need to install anything. You access Bash from the Terminal
See the Git installation video tutorial
for an example on how to open the Terminal.
You may want to keep
Terminal in your dock for this workshop.
The default shell is usually Bash, but if your
machine is set up differently you can run it by opening a
terminal and typing
bash. There is no need to
When you're writing code, it's nice to have a text editor that is
optimized for writing code, with features like automatic
color-coding of key words. The default text editor on macOS and
Linux is usually set to Vim, which is not famous for being
intuitive. If you accidentally find yourself stuck in it, try
typing the escape key, followed by
:q! (colon, lower-case 'q',
exclamation mark), then hitting Return to return to the shell.
nano is a basic editor and the default that instructors use in the workshop. It is installed along with Git.
nano is a basic editor and the default that instructors use in the workshop. See the Git installation video tutorial for an example on how to open nano. It should be pre-installed.