HCC Kickstart 2018

HCC Kickstart is a two day workshop that will give new users a hands-on introduction to accessing and using the high performance computing (HPC) resources provided by the Holland Computing Center (HCC). These lessons are tailored for beginners and require no previous experience.

When: October 15 and 16 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Arbor Suite - Nebraska East Union - UNL East Campus

Cost: Free - Lunch will be provided

Attendees will need to bring a laptop as this workshop will feature plenty of hands-on practice.

WiFi Information

  • Network: UNL-Conference
  • Login: HCCKickstart
  • Password: Kickstart2018


Day 1: October 15
8:30 - 9:00 Check In and Setup
9:00 - 12:00 Automating Tasks with the Unix Shell

An overview of the Unix shell including how to maneuver in a the command line environment, the use of pipes and filters, loops and scripts to automate and streamline data analysis.

12:00 - 1:00 Break for Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 Automating Tasks with the Unix Shell (cont.) and Version Control with Git

Multiple revisions and collaborations can make developing code or writing manuscripts a complicated and error prone process. See how Git can help you prevent this hassle with revision control.

Day 2: October 16
8:30 - 9:00 Check In and Setup
9:00 - 9:30 Overview of HCC

An overview of the resources HCC provides and what new additions users can expect to see this year.

9:30 - 12:00 Introduction to HCC

We will cover the basics of high performance computing with Holland's clusters including how to connect, running software and submitting jobs.

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Ask the Users - Panel Discussion

Current HCC users will be on hand to discuss their experiences and answer questions about using supercomputing in their research.

1:00 - 1:30 Using Globus for Data Management

Globus is a robust file transfer platform that allows users to perform large-scale data transfers easily between endpoints, providing a reliable way to move files to, from and between Holland clusters.

1:30 - 3:00 Overview of Anvil

Meet HCC's cloud, Anvil. Anvil allows users to create cloud-based virtual machines which are ideal for analyses that are not well suited to the traditional Linux command-line environment, such as those which use graphical user interfaces or software that does not run natively in Linux.

3:00 - 3:30 Using Jupyter Notebook on HCC

Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Learn how to run these interactive notebooks on Crane from right within your web browser.

3:30 - 4:00 Introduction to OSG

The Open Science Grid (OSG) is a multi-disciplinary partnership to federate local, regional, community and national cyber infrastructures to meet the needs of research and academic communities at all scales. Learn the differences between high performance computing (HPC) and high thoroughput computing (HTC) and which applications are best suited for each approach.

4:00 - 5:00 Resource Planning Team Meeting / One-on-One Consultations

Users interested in being involved and notified regarding HCC upcoming hardware purchases are invited to join our Resource Planning Team. Also HCC Staff will be on hand to answer attendee questions about their individual analysis needs.

Please contact us at hcc-support@unl.edu if you have questions or concerns and we will be happy to help!