Beginner's Guide to HPC at Imperial - from serial jobs to data parallelism

HPC computer room


Katerina Michalickova


Course description

Today, HPC forms part of the essential research infrastructure at the Imperial College. The computational infrastructure consists of a hierarchy of hardware systems where each level can run larger simulations or more sophisticated models than the one below.

Institutional HPC services play a key role in bridging the gap between research group workstations at the bottom and national/international facilities at the top.

The course will provide participants with a hands-on introduction to the HPC systems at the College.  After an introductory part, participants will log into the cx1 system for guided exercises.



  • computer cluster and HPC in a nutshell
  • systems at Imperial
  • queue system
  • job parameters
  • job scripts
  • file management on the clusters
  • serial jobs
  • multiple serial jobs
  • write your own job script



Please register for June 12 and July 25, 2019.