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Slides, exercises and extra files for the HPC intro course at KU Leuven

HPC introduction course


This course will give a short practical summary of the basic things VSC users need to know to start working on the HPC cluster:


This course is primarily targeted at researchers that would like/need to perform large scale computations using HPC facility - current and potential VSC-users.


Total duration: 4 hours


Free of charge



Non-KU Leuven Audience

If you do not have KU Leuven ID (e.g. u-, r- or s- number), please contact us ( so that we can create a temporary account for you, with which you will be able to login on computers used during hands-on sessions or use wifi on your own laptop.

Online Course Materials


You can access the slides in PDF format.


The recordings of major part of the presentation is available via Kaltura and My Media space, and you can find the list of the videos in the table below

Section Content Video
Outline Recommended 8 min
VSC Recommended 10 min
Tier-2 clusters Recommended 13 min
Genius Cluster Recommended 3 min
Storage Recommended 21 min
Login nodes Recommended 11 min
Connecting with PuTTY and terminal Recommended 11 min
Connecting with MobaXterm Optional 8 min
NX Optional 12 min
File transfer Optional 6 min
Software Recommended 13 min
Start to compute Recommended 36 min
Start to compute - Demo Optional 15 min
GPU partition Optional 11 min
BigMem, AMD and debugging queues Optional 16 min
Compute credits Recommended 15 min
Worker framework Optional 18 min
Epilogue Recommended 3 min

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