Institute for CyberScience offers spring high-performance computing training

December 01, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will hold a series of training sessions in spring 2018 for researchers who use high-performance computing (HPC). The training will cover HPC best practices and build attendees’ capacity to use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI).

ICS will offer four different training seminars. Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

  • “ICS System Basics” includes how to get an ICS account and introduces ICS-ACI’s various subsystems.
  • “Submitting your First Job” covers how to run simple jobs and move data on ICS-ACI.
  • “Intro to HPC Programming” addresses how to compile basic codes and prepare jobs to run in parallel (using several computational cores at once).
  • “Intermediate HPC” covers version control, compilation automation, scaling studies and other optimization techniques. This session is for ICS-ACI users who already know how to submit and run jobs on the cluster and how to compile and run simple codes.

A laptop is required for “Submitting your First Job,” “Introduction to HPC Programming,” and “Intermediate HPC.”

Each of the four seminars will be offered twice. Users need only attend one session of each seminar. The full spring 2018 schedule includes:

ICS System Basics

  • Jan. 18, 1:30-3 p.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex
  • Jan. 19, 3-4:30 p.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex

Submitting your First Job

  • Jan. 26, 3-4:30 p.m., 208 Business Building
  • Jan. 29, 9:30-11 a.m., 208 Ford Building

Intro to HPC Programming

  • Feb. 5, 9:30-11 a.m., 208 Ford Building
  • Feb. 9, 3-4:30 p.m., 208 Business Building

Intermediate HPC

  • Feb. 16, 3-4:30 p.m., 208 Business Building
  • Feb. 19, 9:30-11 a.m., 208 Ford Building

All seminars will be led by Adam Lavely and Justin Petucci, software IT consultants at ICS. More information and the registration form are on the event website.

About the Institute

The Institute for CyberScience is one of the five interdisciplinary research institutes under the Office of the Vice President for Research, and is dedicated to supporting cyber-enabled research across the disciplines. ICS builds an active community of researchers using computational methods in a wide range of fields through co-hiring of tenure-track faculty, providing seed funding for ambitious computational research projects, and offering access to high-performance computing resources through its Advanced CyberInfrastructure. With the support of ICS, Penn State researchers harness the power of big data, big simulation, and big computing to solve the world’s problems. For more information, visit or email  

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Last Updated December 01, 2017