2021 scheduled training will be held in two sessions:

Session #1 January 22 to March 12, 2021 (8 sessions)
Session Break March 19 & 26, 2021
Session #2 April 2 to May 7, 2021 (6 sessions)

Friday’s from 1:00pm – 3:00pm PST 

Virtual event hosted by Zoom
Event is free to attend. 

Registration closed as of January 30, 2021



This High-Performance Computing (HPC) User Training series is open to all who are interested in advancing their knowledge and experience on HPC systems and concepts.  The program was originally developed in 2019 to support UCSD undergraduates interested in furthering their knowledge of HPC concepts and hands-on training, as well as, building a team interested in competing in the annual Student Cluster Competition held at the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC). This program continues to focus efforts on building a team to compete in the annual SC Student Cluster Competition but also extends to any who are interested in attending.     

The sessions are designed to introduce participants to a variety of HPC topics and skill development activities including: 

  • Basic skills and using Jupyter Notebooks 

  • HPC architecture and software 

  • Parallel programming basics, including GPU/CUDA, OpenMP and MPI using Python, C, Fortran, and possibly other languages 

  • Performance characterization of the cluster, numerical methods, and other applications 

  • Visualization and analysis of big data sets 

  • Cloud Computing 

  • Benchmarking and machine learning fundamentals 

How the Training Sessions Work

Participants will be given accounts on Expanse, SDSC’s newest supercomputer, and the opportunity to complete several basic hands-on exercises. Although there are no grades for the course, those who regularly attend and successfully complete the assignments will receive an SDSC Certificate of Completion in HPC User Training. UCSD Students will also be eligible to receive SDSC/UCSD Co-Curricular Credits (CCR) for their efforts.  CCRs highlights student achievements in opportunities beyond the classroom and become part of the student’s official record.

    This event is sponsored by the SDSC HPC Students Program, the UCSD Supercomputing Club, and our sponsors.  To learn more, visit SDSC HPC Students Program.

    For questions about the program or training, please contact Mary Thomas at mpthomas at ucsd.edu.