HPC Carpentry

The Alan Turning Institute, The British Library, London, UK
10:00-17:30 GMT, Thu 6 Dec 2018
10:00-16:00 GMT Fri 7 Dec 2018


Andy Turner

Andy Turner leads the application support teams for the UK national HPC services ARCHER and Cirrus. He is also heavily involved in advanced computing training at EPCC. Andy has a particular interest in enabling new user communities to make use of HPC and the use of novel user engagement to improve the HPC user experience. He has been involved the HPC Carpentry initiative for the past two years.



This course introduces accessing remote advanced computing facilities via the command line and High Performance Computing (HPC). After completing this course, participants will:

  • Understand motivations for using HPC in research
  • Understand how HPC systems are put together to achieve performance and how they differ from desktops/laptops
  • Know how to connect to remote HPC systems and transfer data
  • Be able to use the Bash command line on remote systems
  • Know how to use a scheduler to work on a shared system
  • Be able to use software modules to access different HPC software
  • Be able to work effectively on a remote shared resource

Full details including course timetable.

This course is being run with support from the ARCHER National Supercomputing Service and The Turing Institute.

This course is free to all academics.


There are no prerequisites for this workshop.


Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed as detailed at the ARCHER Software setup page. They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.


We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organisers have checked that:

  • The room is wheelchair / scooter accessible.
  • Accessible restrooms are available.
  • Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch and we will attempt to provide them.

Course Materials

Course page including slides and exercise material for Day 1 and Day 2 of this course.


The course will be held at The Alan Turing Institue, London


Please use the registration page to register for ARCHER courses.


If you have any questions please contact the ARCHER Helpdesk.