This training introduces Pawsey supercomputing and cloud resources and presents how to use those resources to aid researchers' work.

The following training sessions are available:

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday 25-26 February 2020

Venue: University of Adelaide
IRA Raymond Exhibition Room
Level 3 - Barr Smith Library
North Terrace
University of Adelaide

Day 1: Tuesday 25 February 2020

09:00-09:30 Introduction to Pawsey

This session is free and outlines the services that Pawsey Supercomputing Centre provides.

09:30-12:00 Introduction to Unix

  • Take-aways:
    • Introduction to why and when to use the command line
    • Useful commands needed to undertake common tasks on Pawsey resources
    • Task Automation through scripting
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Attend if: You are unfamiliar with the Linux command line
  • Do not attend if: You are familiar with Linux commands, such as mkdir, nano/vim, grep

13:00-16:00 Introduction to supercomputing

  • Take-aways:
    • Introduction to Pawsey's supercomputers: Magnus and Zeus
    • Introduction to supercomputing concepts (parallel computing, workflows, jobs)
    • Work in a multi-user environment (queues, shared filesystems)
    • Requests for access to Pawsey resources, and checks on resource usage
  • Pre-requisites: Introduction to UNIX
  • Attend if: Your research is compute or data intensive
  • Do not attend if: Cloud computing meets your needs

Day 2 : Wednesday 26 February 2020

08:30-11:30 Nimbus research cloud training

  • Take-aways:
    • Securely accessing, configuring and launching a Nimbus instance
    • Managing and maintaining your Nimbus instance
    • Configuring storage for your Nimbus instance
  • Pre-requisites: Familiarity with the command line interface
  • Attend if:
    • You have research needs that require more compute or storage resources than your local laptop/desktop or institution currently provides.
    • You will manage virtual machines or services within the Pawsey cloud service.

12:00-15:00 Intermediate supercomputing

  • Take-aways:
    • Compiling and running code on Pawsey's supercomputers
    • Developing and using advanced job scripts for automating complex workflows
    • Improving I/O performance for data-intensive workflows
  • Pre-requisites: Introduction to UNIX, Introduction to Supercomputing
  • Attend if: You develop parallel code, use I/O-intensive software, or have complex workflows
  • Do not attend if: Cloud computing meets your needs, or your supercomputer workflow using precompiled software is simple


  • Free

    Registration - no charge Introduction to Pawsey - Free Other sessions - $25

Event date: 25Feb 2020

Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 Feb 2020

University of Adelaide, IRA Raymond Exhibition Room

  • 9.00am to 4.00pm

Level 3 - Barr Smith Library, North Terrace, University of Adelaide, SA

More information


  • You are expected to bring and work on your own laptop.
  • Courses are delivered in a face to face classroom style.
  • Light refreshments and lunch will be provided on each day.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the training session start time.
  • Places are limited, so book in advance.

How to register, fees and payment

Each session has a $25 fee, except for the Introduction to Pawsey session.

Registration and payment can be made by clicking the 'Register now' button above.

Payments & Refunds

  • Payment is required 7 working days prior to the training session.
  • If the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre cancels a training session, the cost of the session will be refunded in full or alternatively rescheduled to a later date.
  • Student Cancellation & Refunds:
    • A full refund will be provided if we receive written notification 7 working days prior to the training session.
    • A 50% refund will be provided if we receive written notification 5 working days prior to the training session.
    • A cancellation received less than 5 working days before the training session is not eligible for a refund.
    • Refunds are not provided to individuals who do not show up on the day of the training session.
  • In the event you are not able to attend, your registration can be transferred to another person.

If you have any queries, please email


Time Activity
Day 1: Tuesday 25 February 2020
Morning session
09:00-09:30 Introduction to Pawsey
09:30-12:00 Introduction to Unix
Afternoon session
13:00-16:00 Introductory supercomputing
Day 2: Wednesday 26 February 2020
Morning session
08:30-11:30 Nimbus research and cloud training
Afternoon session
12:00-15:00 Intermediate supercomputing

Science areas: Information technology

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