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October 27 and 29 workshops offer introduction to UNIX and high-performance computing clusters

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ITaP Research Computing will host introductory workshops in October for students, staff and faculty looking to enhance their skills in using UNIX-based high-performance computing systems like the new Rice cluster and Purdue’s other Community Cluster Program supercomputers.

The Hands-on UNIX 101 Workshop, to cover topics ranging from logging in, files and directories to permissions, pipelines and scripts, will take place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, in the Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering, Room 3144. No previous UNIX experience is required to attend.

Lab PCs will be available for every attendee, but you are welcome to bring your own computer. If you will be using your own Windows machine, you will need to download a terminal emulator like PuTTY, a free, full-featured SSH client that is a small download. If you have problems installing this, come 15 minutes before the workshop to get assistance.

The Hands-on Clusters 101 Workshop, which will hit subjects including job submission, queues and cluster environments and include a simple hands-on lab, will take place from 3:15-6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29, in the Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering, Room 3144, followed by a tour of Purdue’s research computing data center. Attendees should have some basic UNIX knowledge.

Refreshments will be served during breaks at both workshops. ITaP Research Computing is sponsoring the sessions.

Gladys Andino, a senior scientific applications analyst for ITaP Research Computing who helped organize the workshops, says they can be valuable for anyone wanting to use Purdue’s community clusters or UNIX-based systems like them.

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