HCC Kickstart 2023

HCC Kickstart is a series of workshops 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: September 21st, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: FREE!!!

These sessions will be delivered in a hybrid format.

Lights snacks and beverages will be provided in the Prairie Suite. Lunch is NOT provided.

Attendees will need a computer capable of an SSH connection as this workshop will feature plenty of hands-on practice.


Thursday, September 21st

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Setup and Support

Time available for setting up accounts or troubleshooting issues prior to the day's events.

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Introduction to HCC

Hear about what services HCC offers and what new exciting things are in the works.

9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Introduction to Navgating and Files in Linux

An introduction of the Linux shell including how to navigate the file system and working with text files in a command line environment, such as that found on HCC clusters Swan.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Break for lunch

1:15 pm - 2:40 pm

Introduction to Data Storage and Transfer on HCC

Learn about the different storage systems HCC offers and how to transfer data to and from HCC systems.

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm


2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Using Software on HCC Resources

Learn how to use software on HCC clusters including preinstalled software.

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Running and Submitting Jobs on HCC

Learn the basics of submitting workflows and running applications using HCC resources.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Introduction to Good Practices in HPC

Learn about a variety of good practices when using shared HPC resources to help speed up workflows and increase the efficiency of HPC resources.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Open Questions

Time available for questions about today's events.

Useful links and commands for the workshop:
Downloading shell-lesson-data: wget https://swcarpentry.github.io/shell-novice/data/shell-lesson-data.zip; unzip shell-lesson-data.zip

Workshop Feedback

HCC Guided Cheatsheet

Bash Cheatsheet (External)

Git Cheatsheet (External)

Bash Command History

HCC Command History

HCC Introduction Slides

Introduction to Bash Slides

Afternoon Slides

Cloning the HCC Job Examples: git clone https://github.com/unlhcc/job-examples.git

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