February workshops offer introduction to computing with UNIX

February 23, 2016  1:00pm – February 26, 2016  5:30pm
HIKS G-959

ITaP Research Computing will host introductory workshops in February and March 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.

Part one of the hands-on UNIX 101 workshop will cover topics ranging from logging in, files and directories (including compressing, transferring and backing up files), to permissions, pipelines and basic scripting. The session will take place from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G-959. No previous UNIX experience is required.

Refreshments will be served during breaks.

Part two of the UNIX 101 workshop will cover topics ranging from regular expressions and UNIX programs grep, AWK and sed to introductory Bash scripting including variables, branches and loops, input and output. The session will take place from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G-959.

Participants are welcome to attend either or both sessions, although it is suggested that those taking part two also attend part one. 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.

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.

For more information, email rcac-help@purdue.edu.

ITaP Research Computing also will present a hands-on Clusters 101 workshop for participants with some UNIX knowledge who want to use or improve their skills in using Purdue’s community cluster research supercomputers. That session will take place from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, followed by a tour of Purdue’s research computing facilities.

Originally posted: February 2, 2016  3:26pm