Research Computing Boot Camp -- Introduction to Parallel Computing


This is a workshop on High Performance Computing (HPC) and High Throughput Computing (HTC) for scientists and engineers.  The goal is to introduce the concepts of parallel computing to anyone whose research might benefit from parallel computation.

Many researchers have simple computational problems that require vast computational resources.  This workshop is designed to jump-start these researchers, and also provide a parallel computing cornerstone for those with more complex programming needs.


Basic knowledge of computer programming or use of a computational tool used in your field.  Students will learn how to run very simple programs in parallel on a grid or cluster.  Students with more complex programming needs can, and are encouraged to pursue higher level computer programming courses after completing this introduction.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Unix
    • Unix standards and portability
    • Unix user interfaces
    • Common Unix commands
    • Unix shell scripts
  • Overview of High Throughput Computing (HTC) and High Performance Computing (HPC)
    • High Throughput Computing and Grids
    • High Performance Computing and Clusters
  • Job Scheduling with Torque (PBS) and Condor
    • Serial, Array, and Multicore jobs
    • Basics of job scheduling scripts

Course Materials

The UWM HPC User's Guide (PDF)

Where and When

Saturdays, March 29th and April 5th, 2014

9:00am to 4:00pm

University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

Engineering and Math Sciences Building

3200 N. Cramer St.

Room E256

PC workstations are provided, wireless access is available to UWM students and employees.


Note: The registration page you are about to go to may give you the impression that this event is only open to UWM students and employees, but it is in fact open to the public.  If you are not affiliated with UWM, proceed to the registration link and choose the manual registration form.

Click here to register.

Cost: Free

Additional Information

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