ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

ICS-ACI Training Series

Derek Leydig conducting ICS-ACI training and onboarding

Do you need high-performance computing for your research projects? Come to the ICS-ACI Training Series and hone your ability to use the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI), Penn State’s high-performance research cloud. Gain access to ICS-ACI, learn about its different subsystems, and discover HPC best practices. Beginners and intermediate users are welcome.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP at least two days before your chosen session, and sign up for only one of each seminar. Attendees should bring their own laptop to Seminars 2-4.


Spring 2018 Schedule

Seminar 1 – ICS System Basics

January 18, 2018, 1:30 – 3 p.m. – W203 Millennium Science Complex

January 19, 2018, 3 – 4:30 p.m. – W203 Millennium Science Complex

Seminar 2 – Submitting your First Job

January 26, 2018, 3 – 4:30 p.m. – 208 Business Building

January 29, 2018, 9:30 – 11 a.m. – 208 Ford Building

Seminar 3 – Intro to HPC Programming

February 5, 2018, 9:30 – 11 a.m. – 208 Ford Building

February 9, 2018, 3 – 4:30 p.m. – 208 Business Building

Seminar 4 – Intermediate HPC

February 16, 2018, 3 – 4:30 p.m. – 208 Business Building

February 19, 2018, 9:30 – 11 a.m. – 208 Ford Building

About the Seminars:

Seminar 1: ICS System Basics (for beginners; laptop not required)
This seminar will cover:

  • How to get an ICS account
  • What the different systems are used for (ACI-b vs ACI-i)
  • How to connect to the clusters, Filesystem Overview, Linux (command line)
  • Module system for software stack
  • I-ASK Center, and online documentation

Seminar 2: Submitting your First Job (ICS account and laptop required)
This seminar will cover:

  • Moving data to/from ACI (scp, rsync, Globus, etc.)
  • Allocation usage and topography for jobs
  • Batch job submission script basics
  • How to run a simple job (Interactive GUI, Interactive command line, Batch)
  • Archival Storage

Seminar 3: Intro to HPC Programming (ICS account and laptop required)

This seminar will cover:

  • Compiling basic codes
  • Linking to system libraries
  • Automatic optimizations
  • “Best” practices
  • Parallelization Techniques (Shared [OpenMP] and Distributed [MPI])
  • How to compile and run a simple serial and parallel (MPI) job in batch mode

Seminar 4: Intermediate HPC (ICS account and laptop required; see prequisite skills below)
This seminar will cover topics in multi-system/user development and understanding/boosting code performance:

  • Version Control
  • Compilation Automation
  • Diagnosing bottlenecks
  • Scaling studies (strong and weak)
  • Basic optimazation techniques
  • I/O management

To make full use of the training, attendees of this seminar should have the following prerequisite skills:

  • Submit and run jobs on the cluster
  • Compile and run simple codes
Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Help us build the future. Contact ICS at Penn State.

  • email: ics@psu.edu
  • phone: ICS-ACI Support (i-ASK Center): 814-865-4275 | General Inquiries: 814-867-1467

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