Tutorials

HPC@LSU invites you to attend our weekly training scheduled every Wednesdays, except university holidays.

The training sessions are subject to cancellation due to lack of registrations, so please register if you plan on attending. Registration closes in the afternoon on the day prior to the training.

Click on the tutorial topic to obtain more information and registration details. Remote connect links to attend the training will be provided via email to all registered participants.

Note: The Slide and Support Materials links are placeholders until content is added after the tutorial.

Summer 2024 Training Schedule

1. June 26,2024: Introduction to Linux

TopicIntroduction to Linux
DateJune 26,2024
Time9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PlaceZoom Online
DescriptionThis tutorial provides beginner and intermediate users with basic Linux/Unix command line environment experience. Topics covered in this class include navigating through the system, useful commands, editors (vi and emacs) and basic shell scripting. If you have no previous experience with shell scripting and using editors such as emacs and vi, this course is a prerequisite for the tutorials on User Environment and Shell Scripting.

Prerequisites
  • Laptop with
    • Linux (any flavor) installed
    • Unix based OS such Mac OSX/BSD
  • OR
    • LONI or LSU HPC account
    • SSH client such as MobaXterm for Windows

Slides
RegistrationClick here

2. July 3,2024: HPC User Environment 1

TopicHPC User Environment 1
DateJuly 3,2024
Time9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PlaceZoom Online
DescriptionThis training provides an overview of the HPC/LONI general account and allocation policies, general cluster architecture and HPC hardware and software environment.

Prerequisites
  • LONI or LSU HPC account
  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix
  • Editors such as vi or emacs
  • SSH client such as Putty for Windows

Slides
RegistrationClick here

3. July 10,2024: HPC User Environment 2

TopicHPC User Environment 2
DateJuly 10,2024
Time9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PlaceZoom Online
DescriptionThis training provides an overview of the HPC hardware and software environment, queuing system, compiling programs, writing submit scripts, running and monitoring jobs on HPC systems.

Prerequisites
  • LONI or LSU HPC account
  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix
  • Editors such as vi or emacs
  • SSH client such as MobaXterm for Windows

Slides
Downloads
RegistrationClick here

4. July 17,2024: Basic Shell Scripting

TopicBasic Shell Scripting
DateJuly 17,2024
Time9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PlaceZoom Online
DescriptionFor anyone who works in a Linux/Unix environment, a working knowledge of shell scripting is essential and will boost their efficiency and productivity tremendously. For this tutorial, we will focus on bash as it is one of the most popular shells. This tutorial will include topics such as creating simple bash scripts, flow control, command line arguments, regex, grep, awk and sed. This is a practical tutorial, so we will provide examples and/or hands-on exercises for most of the covered materials.

Prerequisites
  • LONI or LSU HPC account
  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix
  • Editors such as vi or emacs
  • SSH client such as Putty for Windows

Slides
Downloads
RegistrationClick here

5. July 24,2024: LONI QB4 Launch Workshop

TopicLONI QB4 Launch Workshop
DateJuly 24,2024
Time9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PlaceZoom Online
Description

LONI QB4 is a 4.3 PetaFlop peak performance cluster with 35,008 CPU cores and 144 NVIDIA A100 GPUs, comprised of 547 compute nodes connected by 200 Gbps Infiniband fabric:

  • 480 regular nodes, each with two 32-core Intel Ice Lake CPUs and 256 GB RAM.
  • 52 2-GPU compute nodes, each with two 32-core Intel Ice Lake CPUs, 512 GB RAM, and 2 NVIDIA A100 GPUs.
  • 10 4-GPU compute nodes, each with two 32-core Intel Ice Lake CPUs, 512 GB RAM, and 4 NVIDIA A100 GPUs.
  • 5 big memory nodes, each with two 32-core Intel Ice Lake CPUs and 2 TB RAM.

This tutorial will provide an overview of the LONI QB-4 cluster, designed to enhance computational capabilities for HPC workloads, especially those utilizing GPUs. Participants will gain insights into the architecture and advantages of this new system, along with practical guidance on utilizing the Slurm workload manager. In addition, the session will include a review of the results of some performance benchmarks, demonstrating the cluster's efficiency and potential to accelerate various computational workloads. Attendees will leave with a foundational understanding of how to leverage QB-4 for their research projects effectively.

RegistrationClick here

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Past Tutorials

We offer many tutorial sessions for our users both on campus and online. The training topics include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Linux
  • HPC user environment
  • Version control with git
  • Pythong and R programming
  • Deep learning basics
  • Parallel programming

To read descriptions or access PDF's of the slides from past tutorials Past Tutorials.