Introduction to High Performance Computing


Thursday, July 11, 2019, 1:30pm to 3:00pm


Countway Library, Minot Room

This class is part of the HMS Research Data Management Seminar Series

*This workshop is geared towards HMS Affiliates*

Workshop 2: Introduction to High-Performance Computing using HMS’ O2 cluster

Big data analysis often requires the use of computing resources that extend well beyond what is available on a personal laptop. A common solution to this problem is to perform your data analysis on a remote computer. In this workshop we introduce participants to O2, a high-performance computing cluster at HMS. We will demonstrate the basics of using a remote compute environment and highlight the importance of it. 

Learning objectives:

  • Describe what a high-performance compute cluster is and what it can be used for
  • Describe benefits offered by a large-scale cluster environment
  • Login to the O2 cluster and Understand what a job scheduler is and how to use it
  • Understand how to use the SLURM job scheduler to request resources

Prerequisites: Basic command-line knowledge is recommended for this workshop! If you do not have this, please plan to attend the Introduction to command-line interface workshop on June 18.

Requirements: Participants should bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on.

Instructors: Radhika Khetani, Training Director, Research Scientist, Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core, Department of Biostatistics, HSPH
Kathleen Keating, Research Computing Consultant, HMS Research Computing


Additional Seminars in this Series: 

 Seminar Title  Date Location  Registration
Introduction to the Command-line Interface Tuesday, June 18, 2019 TMEC 227 Mini Amphitheater
Introduction to High-Performance Computing using HMS’ O2 cluster Thursday, July 11, 2019 Countway Library, Minot Room
Version Control for Scripts, Data and Text documents Wednesday, August 21, 2019 TMEC 227 Mini Amphitheater