High Performance Computing (HPC) in Life Sciences: Vital-IT Infrastructure Training

Date 6 December 2018
Speaker(s) Grégoire Rossier, Robin Engler, Vassilios Ioannidis
ECTS 0.25
Cancellation deadline 5 Dec 2018
Application Upcoming
City Lausanne


Several scientific applications require computing and/or storage resources that go beyond the processing power of a single multi-core machine. High performance computing (HPC) clusters provide the necessary hardware and software infrastructure to efficiently run computing and data intensive applications. The course provides detailed information on how to efficiently use Vital-IT's compute and storage infrastructure for life science applications


This course is restricted to (and mandatory for) people wanting to use the Vital-IT or UBELIX clusters

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • Obtain basic knowledge on high throughput and high performance computing
  • Learn how to use Vital-IT's infrastructure for scientific applications (including hands-on exercises)
  • Tips and tricks for effective and efficient cluster usage (incl. compute and storage usage guidelines)
  • Discuss particular computing needs and requirements of course participants


Knowledge / competencies
  • Basic understanding of working with command line tools on Linux or Windows-based operating systems. If you do not feel comfortable with UNIX commands, please take our UNIX fundamentals e-learning module or attend our 'First Steps with UNIX' course (see upcoming training events).
  • Scripting language such as bash or Perl is an asset
  • Please bring your own laptop with WIFI Eduroam activated (Windows with Putty application installed or a Linux or Mac with a Terminal application)
  • Homework: complete a 'UNIX evalutation' exercise a few days before the course (link provided to participants)

Venue and time

University of Lausanne, Génopode building classroom 2020 (Metro M1 line, Sorge station).

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to the participants on due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Grégoire Rossier

We will recommend 0.25 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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For more information, please contact training@sib.swiss.