PRACE Tier-1 Workshop 2011

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, is organizing a workshop on utilizing Tier-1 HPC systems on 29-30 November 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The aim of the workshop is to support researchers granted compute resources through the recent DECI-7 call as well as other potential users of the pan-European Tier-1 infrastructure.

This 2-day event is based around a number of invited talks and hands-on sessions that will provide practical guidelines and experience on utilizing the European Tier-1 systems available through the DECI-7 call. Potential users of this Tier-1 infrastructure are also invited to participate in the workshop. A large emphasis will be placed on the hands-on sessions where participants have the opportunity to identify and discuss issues directly with PRACE staff. There will also be a special session (optional) at the end of the workshop dedicated for one-to-one consultation on participants’ projects.

Areas to be covered at the workshop includes:

  • General information on PRACE
  • Brief introduction to the Tier-1 systems
  • Generic PRACE services such as user and application support
  • Practical orientation of the Tier-1 systems, i.e. day-to-day usage.
  • Short exercises in compiling and running parallel code.
  • Deployment of users’ own code

This workshop is hosted by SARA, Dutch national HPC and e-Science Support Center. SARA offers an integrated ICT research infrastructure and provide services in the areas of computing, data storage, visualization, networking, cloud and e-science.

Attendance is free for all EU academics. Financial support is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for a limited number of attendees, capped at EUR 250 each. Accepted students will receive further details on the funding procedures.

Important deadlines:

  • Registration deadline: Extended to 9 of November 2011. (Was: 4 November 2011)
  • Notification of acceptance: 11th of November 2011


  • 29th of November 2011, 12:30 to 17:30

12:30 – 13:30 Reception and Lunch

13:30 – 13:45 Welcome and Introduction to SARA (Axel Berg)

13:45 – 14:30 PRACE hardware, software and services (David Henty)

14:30 – 15:30 Use of Certificates, Using gsi-ssh and gridftp (Cerlane Leong)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30 Hands on session (practical examples)

17:30 CLOSE

20:00 Dinner for all participants (venue to be announced)

  • 30th of November 2011, 9:30 to 12:00

09:30 – 10:15 PRACE support for the accepted DECI projects (Lilit Axner)

10:15 – 10:30 Remote Visualization (Paul Melis)

10:30 – 11:00 Hands on Sessions (users’ own application codes)

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 Hands on Sessions (users’ own application codes)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 One-to-one sessions (optional)

15:30 CLOSE

** Users are encouraged to bring their own applications codes for the hands-on sessions. However, simple parallel test codes will be provided.


The registration for this workshop is now closed


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