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Workshop: Introduction to HPC and Using the Newton Clusters

Compute clusters vastly improve on the performance offered by traditional serial execution. The Newton HPC Program operates a Linux compute cluster consisting of approximately 4000 CPU cores and a total of 8TB of distributed memory spread across several hundred individual compute nodes. This workshop will introduce new users to the skills needed to harness these resources for use in their research activities.

The is a self-directed workshop. Please complete the following sections at your own pace, and request help from the instructor as needed.


  1. Connecting to Newton systems
  2. Using the Grid Engine
  3. Example #1: a simple test
  4. Example #2: a trivially parallel job
  5. Example #3: parallel jobs using MPI
  6. Using graphics
  7. Installing your own software