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ICS offers training sessions for high-performance computing

Posted on August 9, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) announces a series of training sessions during the 2017-18 academic year for researchers who use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). The series helps beginning users of ICS-ACI get started and, for intermediate users, showcases best practices for using ICS-ACI efficiently.

“ICS-ACI is a powerful and valuable resource for Penn State researchers,” said Jenni Evans, director of ICS. “Both new and seasoned users of the system will find these training seminars helpful for their research and professional development.”

During fall 2017 ICS will hold training seminars on two topics. In “ICS System Basics,” users learn how to get an ICS account and are introduced to ICS-ACI’s various subsystems. In “Introduction to HPC,” users learn how to run jobs, compile and parallelize codes, and move data on ICS-ACI. A laptop is required for the “Introduction to HPC” seminar.

“ICS System Basics” is offered at three different times (users should attend only one session):

  • September 13, 1:30 – 3 p.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex
  • September 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., W201 Millennium Science Complex
  • September 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex

“Introduction to HPC” is offered at two times (again, choose just one):

  • October 20, 3 – 4:30 p.m., 208 Business Building
  • October 27, 3 – 4:30 p.m., 208 Business Building

To RSVP for these sessions, click here.

In spring semester 2018, ICS will offer “Intermediate HPC” for more advanced users, and will also repeat “ICS System Basics” and “Introduction to HPC.” Details on the spring seminars will be available at a later date.

All ICS Training Seminars will be led by Dr. Adam Lavely, a software IT consultant at ICS. Dr. Lavely earned his Ph.D. at Penn State in aerospace engineering. Prior to joining ICS his research focused on using computation to design and improve wind turbines.


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