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CRUK: Introduction to CRUK High Performance Computing


Using the Cambridge Institute's High Performance Computing Facilities, this brief (0.5 day) course will give you three things:

  • A refresher on Unix and an introduction to cluster computing, i.e. what High Performance Computing facilities re available to you at CI.
  • Basic instruction on using our scheduler (The scheduler allots slots of processing time to the jobs submitted by the multiplicity of users on the cluster).
  • Some performance hints for efficient use of the HPC

It won't make you an expert on parallel computing and H.P.C, but will let you get to work.

Note that a pre-requisite for this course is either existing familiarity with the Unix/Linux command-line or attendance of our Linux course CRUK: Introduction to Linux Command Line.

This course is run by the CRUK CI Bioinformatics and IT core.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to Book or register Interest by linking here.

Target audience
  • The course is recommended for all staff and students who use Linux in their research and plan to use the CI High Performance Computing facilities (Cluster).
  • Attendance for CRUK-CI members only
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Introduction to Command Line Linux or equivalent Linux experience is pre-req for HPC course.

Topics covered



After this course you should be able to:

  • Submit jobs to the HPC for execution in accordance with best practice for using this shared resource.
  • You will be aware of the capabilities of the HPC facility.
  • You will be aware of who to contact for support.

During this course you will learn about:

  • How to gain familiarity with the hardware and software that comprises the CRUK Cambridge Institutes High Performance Computing facility (Cluster).
  • How jobs are run on the HPC.
  • How to use it effectively to run software that has significant computational requirements.

Presentations and practicals

Registration fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers). Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here



Once per year

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