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General-purpose documentation

This area contains all documentation that is not specific to a single HPC machine.

Getting started

  • Learn the basics about using IT-supported HPC systems, from accessing the cluster to running applications: Getting started guide.


  • Learn how to use custom utilities to remove and check disk usage on Lustre: Lustre utilities
  • Learn how a Lustre filesystem works, its strengths and weaknesses, and how to better make use of its special features: All about Lustre
  • Learn two approaches to using striped Lustre files with the Open MPI implementation of ROMIO: Lustre MPI-IO in Open MPI

Job scheduling systems

  • Learn about job scheduling systems, how to use them and the important role they play in HPC systems: Grid Engine
  • Learn about common commands, environment variables, and job specification options used by PBS/Torque, Slurm, LSF, SGE and LoadLeveler in a table listing courtesy of SchedMD.
  • Learn how to schedule jobs on idle nodes using the standby queue: Standby queue
  • Learn how to request access to use “spare” nodes: Spare queue
  • Learn how to schedule jobs to have “exclusive” access to a node: Exclusive access

Connecting and file transfer

  • Learn how to setup your Windows or Unix desktop to use SSH and X-Windows to connect to a remote Unix host. Connecting
  • Learn how to use SSH keys and properly install them on a remote host or web application. SSH Key Pair
  • Learn how to use PuTTY's command line mode to copy files from a remote host to your local system. PuTTY command line mode


Complete list of training materials.


Other documentation

High Performance Computing for Dummies (2nd AMD Special Edition) ©2011, Wiley Publishing, Inc. Compliments of AMD. AMD's page asks for your name and email address before showing the free download link.

general/start.txt · Last modified: 2015-06-23 14:21 by anita