Introduction to Supercomputing at JSC - Theory & Practice (training course, online)

21st May 2024 11:00 AM
24th May 2024 15:00 PM

(Course no. 13220241 in the training programme 2024 of Forschungszentrum Jülich)

This course will take place as an online event and is exclusively targeted for users of the Jülich supercomputers. The link to the online platform will be provided to the accepted registrants only.


Disclaimer: This course offers the opportunity to attend lectures selectively, based on individual needs and knowledge levels. Participants are not required to attend all sessions as some may cover advanced or basic material. While flexibility is offered, it is important to assess personal needs and choose sessions accordingly, as attending lectures out of order may result in knowledge gaps.

Research Centre Jülich provides cutting-edge high-performance computing resources to scientific groups and industry partners across Germany and Europe via the John von Neumann Institute for Computing. To help new users of JSC's supercomputers efficiently leverage their allocated resources, we offer an introductory course that covers system basics and best practices.

The course includes theoretical lectures held every afternoon from Tuesday to Friday, and hands-on offered in the mornings from Wednesday to Friday. The hands-on are based on the previous afternoon's lectures and allow participants to put theory into practice. The hands-on sessions cover a wide range of topics, from basic login procedures to advanced techniques. For the more experienced, there's the option of bringing your own code or discussing current challenges with JSC experts, ensuring a tailored and interactive learning experience.

Topics covered include:

  • User account management with the JuDoor portal
  • System access via SSH, Jupyter, and UNICORE
  • System configuration for JURECA and JUWELS
  • File systems, I/O, and data management
  • Software modules (compilers, MPI, math libraries, applications, debuggers, tools)
  • Building software from source
  • Submitting jobs via the resource manager
  • Using GPUs
  • Performance tuning
  • Deep Learning
  • Visualization

Contents level

in hours

in %

Beginner's contents:

17.5 h

80 %

Intermediate contents:

4.5 h

20 %

Advanced contents:

0 h

0 %

Community-targeted contents:

0 h

0 %


  • Your own laptop with Windows, GNU/Linux or macOS installed
  • Knowledge of either C, C++ or Fortran (helpful)


The preliminary agenda can be found here (beginning of April).

Target audience:

New users of the supercomputers in Jülich


This course is given in English.


3.5 days


21-24 May 2024, starting on Tuesday at 13:00
Wednesday to Friday: 09:00-17:00



Number of Participants:

maximum 100


JSC employees, representatives of Atos, Intel and ParTec


  • Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)
  • Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
Building 16.3 /
Room 323
+49 2461/61-2054
  • Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)
  • Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
Building 16.3 /
Room 324
+49 2461/61-85998


Please register via the registration form until 14 May 2024.

Last Modified: 28.02.2024