Tools and Techniques to start with HPC

Previous to the event

A group of interns from different fields in computer science at ORNL decided to share our experiences with a topic we consider we are passionate to work with. Kirsten, Xequing, Kuldeep, Ben and myself shared a couple of lunch to organize the event and thanks to the help of Sherry, the event was published at OLCF website.  We set the event date to July 13.

During the event

Getting started with basic Linux commands

I started by giving an overview of the basic rules in GNU/Linux and highlighting the importance of this Operating System in supercomputers around the world and in ORNL.I tried to focus the Linux commands to support daily operations in the world of newbies in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. This workshop lasted an hour and a half, switching from a little lecturing and hands-on of around 40 essential commands.Git basic commands

Mark Coletti was in charge of the Git talk, he gave an hour of overview, gave reasons and importance of this tool for projects and provided useful links to start to practice with it!

First look into Parallel Computing

Kirsten Hess talked about Parallel computing concepts during her first hour and then after the break, she led a hands-on workshop using OpenMP for Unix flavours computers.Interact with Python for the first time

Kuldeep Kurte gave a glance of Python in an hour.  He covered aspects such as types and basic functions to work with data on Anaconda and Python using GNU/Linux.Introduction to containers in HPC

Thanks to Benjamin, we knew more about containers, the difference with a virtual machine and how a container in ORNL works. It was an hour of a lecture-oriented talk.Diving into Deep Learning

This is a trending topic, but really few people, especially interns have a clear idea of what deep learning means. Thanks to Xequing Deng, we were able to understand more about it.

Registration and attendances

Thanks to Sheila and Sherry to support the day of the event with the registration of the attendees and the interns who were there the whole day. Glad to see women that want to learn more about HPC as well as the interns who did interesting questions.

Winners of the trivia

I dared to ask attendances during my talk questions related to GNU/Linux in supercomputers and thanks to ORISE, the ORNL Federal Credit Union we were able to prize the participants. Janice Greenwood also donated a Red Hat (beige sport hat) for our winners. Here are some of them during my workshop:


Thank you so much to Jayson Hines for the support, Dr. Arthur and Elizabeth from ORISE  for the gifts to participants, Sheila, Sherry and Ashely, the speakers and the participants.

About Julita Inca

Ingeniero de Sistemas UNAC, Magíster en Ciencias de la Computación PUCP, Magíster en Computación de Alto Rendimiento de la Universidad de Edimburgo, OPW GNOME 2011, Miembro de la GNOME Foundation desde el 2012, Embajadora Fedora Perú desde el 2012, ganadora del scholarship of the Linux Foundation 2012, experiencia como Admin Linux en GMD y Especialista IT en IBM, con certificaciones RHCE, RHCSA, AIX 6.1, AIX 7 Administrator e ITILv3. Experiencia académica en universidades como PUCP, USIL y UNI. Leader of LinuXatUNI Community, HPC Software Specialist at UKAEA, and reviewer of the Technological Magazine of ESPOL-RTE, and volunteering Linux training for MINSA Peru... a simple mortal, just like you!
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