ETLAB SHARED HPC FACILITY USER BOOTCAMP 2009

Purpose: In order to provide ETLab Shared HPC Facility users with up-to-date information about available clusters and the technologies associated with them, this boot camp is designed to cover subjects of general interest and issues associated with specific cluster environment. A Q&A session is also arranged to provide the opportunity for the system administration and programmer staff to answer and try to help resolve users’ questions or standing problems on a face-to-face manner.
Date: October 23, 2009
Location: RPHB 407 (School of Public Health, Ryals Building)
Format: General subjects related to the HPC usage
Attendees: All users are welcome. Please email to ashih@uab.edu to reserve your seat

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TIME TOPIC SPEAKER Resource(s)
8:45-9:00 Coffee and Registration    
9:00-9:20 Welcome and Opening Remark Douglas Rigney (Interim Vice President of IT)
Linda Lucas (Dean, SOE)  
9:20-10:20 Cluster environment:
i. Background and Overview
ii. Existing Resources
iii. Use Policies
iv. What services are provided, and what are not.
v. What is a head node
vi. How to report a problem (ETLab HPC trouble ticket system)
vii. Cluster Wiki page
Tommy Foley (Director, SOE IT)
10:20-10:30 Break    
10:30-11:00 Linux Primer
i. Basic commands (ls, cd, pwd, and other)
ii. Bash/csh/tcsh...
iii. Advanced topics (scripting, how and where to get information, etc.)
Mike Hanby (HPC System Admin)
11:00-11:30 Job Queuing Systems
i. SGE (How to write the scripts)
ii. Where things are (software paths, etc.)
Mike Hanby (HPC System Admin)
11:30-1:00 LUNCH BREAK    
1:00-1:30 Migrating to Grid Computing
i. Background and Overview
ii. Current Status
John-Paul Robinson (System Programmer Lead, UAB-IT)
1:30-2:00 General Purpose Computing using GPUs (GPGPU) Amitesh Kumar
2:00-2:30 Huffman Compression on GPUs Robert L. Cloud
2:30-3:00 Q&A session and user suggestions Alan Shih (Director, ETLab)  
3:00 BOOT CAMP ADJOURN