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Events & Training

ARCCA provides a programme of events and training courses to help use the High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster.

Events

Live Chat: ARCCA hosts a text chat service for two hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which is accessible via Lync and Skype on Cardiff University imaged machines, and through a web browser for Linux and Mac users without Skype. Questions and inquiries regarding all of ARCCA's services are welcome, and if we can't help on line we can arrange to meet in person afterwards. The URLs for connecting to the service are displayed on Raven's Message of the Day each time you log in.

Drop-In Sessions: An member of ARCCA staff will be on hand in the Haydn Ellis coffee shop on the First and Third Thursday of each month from 3pm to 4pm as part of the cross-departmental Data Clinic. Questions and problems will be welcomed. In addition we are planning further drop-in sessions across the university, initially in the Trevithick library at the Queens buildings. Dates and times will be announced via the ARCCA community mailing list and displayed on the Message of the Day.

Training

These courses are based around the ARCCA system but will also be applicable to research and code development performed on departmental clusters as well as desktop/laptop systems. Training ranges from introductory modules for users new to advanced research computing, through to more advanced topics such as code optimisation for more experienced users. 

The majority of the courses and workshops will be classroom taught with hands-on tutorials examples. 

If you think a specific course or workshop would be beneficial for a sub-group of your school or department (up to 10 people), please let us know and we will try to tailor the course to meet your requirements and run it at a convenient time within the school (subject to available facilities).

Course duration ranges from half-day (three hours) through to two days in length. Specific specialist courses will be run sequentially to form week-long workshops.

Available Courses

Course Times and Dates Venue
Advanced Research Computing: An Introduction

9.30-12.30

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Julian Hodge Training Room 1

13.30-16.30

Thursday 18th February 2016

Julian Hodge Training Room 1
Advanced Research Computing: An Introduction to Linux with Command Line (and Windows 101)

9.30- 12.30

Thursday 29th October 2015

Julian Hodge Training Room 1

13.30- 16.30

Thursday 10th March 2016

Julian Hodge Training Room 1
Advanced Research Computing: Supercomputing for Beginners

09.30- 12.30

Wednesday 4th November 2015

Julian Hodge Training Room 1

13.30- 16.30

Thursday 7th April 2016

Julian Hodge Training Room 1
Advanced Research Computing: Introduction to Parallel Programming for Beginners (MPI and OpenMP)

9.30 -16.30

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Julian Hodge Training Room 2

9.30 -16.30

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Julian Hodge Training Room 1
Advanced Research Computing: Raven Supercomputer - Advanced Hints and Tips to get the Best Results

9.30 -12.30

Thursday 19th November 2015

Julian Hodge Training Room 1

13.30 -16.30

Thursday 21st April 2016

Julian Hodge Training Room 1

Booking a place

If you would like to book a place you can do one of three ways: either via the University Graduate College Programme, via the Staff Development Programme (staff only) or you can contact us at arcca@cardiff.ac.uk

Further information

If you would like to discuss HPC training, please contact us.

To receive the latest information on advanced research computing events, please join our mailing list.

Also, if you wish to give us feedback on a recent event, or if you have ideas for future events, we'd be pleased to hear from you.

There are complementary IT training programmes provided by partner Schools and Directorates within the University:

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