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HPC Onboarding for Biologists

Started Dec 7, 2020


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About This Training

The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) provided this high performance computing (HPC) workshop to help new users learn about HPC resources available to them, other course offerings, and NCGAS services.

 The NCGAS was funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. DBI-1062432 2011 ABI-1458641 2015 , and ABI-1759906 2018  to Indiana University.

Length: 1-2 weeks

Certificate: yes

Audience: IU students, faculty, staff, and non-IU collaborators with IU guest account


By the end of this workshop, participants should leave with the following knowledge:

  • High-performance systems at IU and their general purpose
  • National resources available to them: The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) and Jetstream
  • Linux basics
  • Additional courses that may benefit their research or work
  • How to receive help for both genomic and computational questions at IU


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Additional Information

To enroll in the course:

  1. Click “Enroll”
  2. Login to Expand if you have not already done so. (You will either use your IU credentials to login, or take steps to create a guest login if you do not have IU credentials.)
  3. Click “Enroll in Course”
  4. Select “Go to Your Dashboard”
  5. Locate the proper course under “In Progress” then select “Begin Course"

Course Modules

  • Introduction to HPC in biology
  • Welcome to the Cluster—an orientation to using clusters with links to other resources/courses
  • Welcome to the Cloud— an overview of Jetstream and available tools
  • Introducing PonyLinux—a cute My Little Pony-based Game to learn Linux use
  • NCGAS resources/UITS offerings—IT Training, workshops, etc. to build on this course


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