Training

NCSA offers a variety of events throughout the year for the community to assist the community in learning about computational and data enabled science and engineering methods, tools, and resources. The training goal is to prepare the community to make effective use of petascale computing resources, including those provided by the Blue Waters project.  

The events include webinars, workshops, symposia, tutorials, presentations, and other related activities.

If there is a topic you wish to have covered in a future workshop send an email to help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu.


Blue Waters New User Training

Register now for this training event on September 21, 2017 to be held at NCSA and broadcast on YouTube Live.
 
Blue Waters' New User Training is a free online workshop for new and prospective users of the nation largest supercomputer on a university campus – the Blue Waters system. Participants will learn how to log in, transfer data of various sizes to and from the system, manipulate available software stacks and environment, compile small projects, submit "jobs" and check on their status, control the level of parallelism in the jobs, tips and tricks for making jobs run sooner, and more. This is a hands-on workshop so participants will gain first-hand experience using the system.
 
The event will be hosted at NCSA and it will be webcast on Youtube Live.  
 
Training accounts will be provided to people attending in person at NCSA, and to students, faculty, and staff who are viewing the webcast from institutions that are part of the InCommon federation. All participants will be able to post questions via Slack.
 
 

Past Workshops & Symposia


Multi-site XSEDE & VSCSE Events


New User Webinar

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Agenda and Web conference information.


Blue Waters User Teleconference Presentations

Blue Waters webinars are scheduled the third Monday of each month. Materials for each webinar (or teleconference) will be posted here shortly before each event. You will need to log in to the portal to access the content attached to this page.

Check the calendar for the next meeting.

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (mp3)
  • Monday, July 17, 2017  - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, June 19, 2017  - Presentation (PDF),
  • Monday, May 15, 2017 - Cancelled due to annual Blue Waters Symposium.
  • Monday, April 17, 2017 - Presentation (PDF), used Skype for Business/Lync webinar software
  • Monday, March 27, 2017 - Presentation (PDF) - used zoom.us webinar software.
  • Monday, February 20, 2017 - Presentation (PDF), Shifter (PDF)  
  • Monday, January 23, 2017 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, December 19, 2016 - Presentation (PDF), Topology Special Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, November 28, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, October 17, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, September 19, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, August 15, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, July 2016 - Cancelled
  • Monday, June 20, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, April 18, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, March 21, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Friday, December 18, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, October 19, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, September 21, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, August 17, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, July 20, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, June 22, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, May 16, 2015 - Presenattion (PDF)
  • Monday, April 20, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, March 16, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Monday, February 16, 2015 - Presentation (PDF)
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Presentation (PDF, Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, December 15, 2014 - Presentation (PDF, PDF, URL, Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 - Cancelled due to SC14.
  • Monday, October 20, 2014 - Presentation (PDF, Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, September 15, 2014 - Presentation (PDF1, PDF2, Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, August 18, 2014 - Presentation (PDF, Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 - Presentation (PDF1,PDF2), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, June 23, 2014 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, May 19, 2014 - No teleconference (BW Symposium)
  • Monday, April 21, 2014 - Presentation (PDF1,PDF2), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, March 17, 2014 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday February 17, 2014 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3).
  • Tuesday January 21, 2014 - Presentation (PDF, PDF), Audio (MP3).
  • Monday, December 09, 2013 - Presentation (PDF1, PDF2), Audio (MP3).
  • Monday, October 21, 2013 - Presentation (PDF1, PDF2), Audio (MP3).
  • Monday, September 16, 2013 - No teleconference (cancelled).
  • Monday, August 19, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, July 15, 2013 - No teleconference (middle of 3 week XK upgrade)
  • Monday, June 24, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Special Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)
  • Monday, May 20, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3) - No audio recording due to operator error.
  • Monday, April 15, 2013 - Presentation (PDF), Audio (MP3)

Vendor Events

  • Cray and Nvidia  webinar focusing on the use of OpenACC 2.0 with the latest Cray Compilation Environment release.
  • Older Nvidia and Cray OpenACC webinar.

Online Tutorials

CI-Tutor

Cyberinfrastructure Tutor, or CI-Tutor, is the web-based training site for high-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure topics hosted at NCSA. To view a listing of available tutorials see the CI-Tutor Course Catalog.

Available on the CI-Tutor site is the tutorial BigSim: Simulating PetaFLOPS Supercomputers. This tutorial introduces the basic concepts of using BigSim to model and predict the performance of your application(s).

Note: To access the course you must first register for an account in CI-Tutor.


HPC University

The HPC University (HPCU) is a virtual organization whose primary goal is to provide a cohesive, persistent, and sustainable online environment to share educational and training materials for a continuum of high performance computing environments that span desktop computing capabilities to the highest-end of computing facilities offered by HPC centers. HPC University's resources will guide researchers, educators and students to 1) choose successful paths for HPC learning and workforce development, and 2) contribute high-quality and pedagogically effective materials that allow individuals at all levels and in all fields of study to advance scientific discovery.


Cornell Virtual Workshop

The Cornell Virtual Workshop covers High Performance Computing (HPC) topics, including system architecture, parallel programming with MPI and OpenMP, code optimization for performance and scalability, parallel code debugging, basic visualization, and data management. You may begin at any time, and explore the topics you choose.