Research - Introduction to using the HPC clusters

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. This course provides detailed information on how to efficiently use UNIL compute and storage infrastructure.

Objectives of this course

Learn how to run calculations and process data on the UNIL HPC clusters and how to manage data in the UNIL storage facility

Target audience

This course is meant as an introduction for PhD students, post-docs, researchers of UNIL and CHUV who need to conduct heavy scientific computing and/or manage large amount of data


Day 1: (Optional for experienced Linux users)
  • Introduction to the most useful Linux commands and tools for HPC
Day 2:
  • Description of the computing and storage facilities of the UNIL, and their cost models
  • How to properly organise and manage data in the storage facility
  • Introduction to version control with Git
Day 3:
  • Learn how to submit jobs on the HPC clusters of the UNIL
  • Overview of the software stack available on the cluster
  • Good habits for an efficient usage of the processing and storage facilities as shared resources


    3 half-days


    On a quarterly basis


    Remotely (via Zoom)


    IMPORTANT: Please register using your UNIL email address!


    Course dates and registration