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Introduction to High Performance Computing

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This workshop is targeted at new users of the University's High Performance Computing cluster Zaratan, especially those with limited or no HPC experience.

This course will introduce participants to the basics of high-performance computing (HPC), and will briefly cover:

  • general HPC concepts, terminology, etc.
  • accessing the cluster
  • accessing software installed on the cluster
  • transferring files
  • submitting jobs on the cluster

Much of the above tasks will be discussed in terms of the OnDemand web portal for the clusters. The OnDemand web portal offers unexperienced users an efficient way to accomplish most practical tasks.


None. This is an introductory workshop and is targeted at new users of our clusters, so no previous knowledge of high performance computing nor Linux/Unix is assumed.

System Requirements

This is a bring-your-own-laptop event. Make sure that a terminal application (e.g. ssh or PuTTY) is installed. A modern web browser (on Windows preferably Firefox) is required for use of the OnDemand web portal.

Miscellaneous Details

Register Here

While the official registration deadline is 14 January 2024, we are limiting this workshop to 54 participants (number of classroom seats) on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration will close once the workshop is full.

NOTE: DIT reserves the right to cancel the workshop for any reason with little notice.

If you have questions or need more information about the workshop, please feel free to contact us.


Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering


For disability accommodations, please contact Sam Porter at

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