Research Events

14. June 2022, 09:00 until 17:00

Online Course – Introduction to Working on the VSC Clusters


n this course we will help you getting started on the VSC clusters, Austria's most powerful supercomputers. With running and developing software on a supercomputer there are many similarities and fewer but crucial differences compared to your desktop PC. Focusing on hands-on teaching throughout the course, you will immediately try out what you've heard and adapt it to your own needs.

This course is from beginners level (the first steps on a supercomputer) to intermediate level (some experience on VSC or an other compute cluster). It is equally relevant to those who will merely be running existing software as to those who will develop scientific codes (however, without actually teaching supercomputer programming – if you would like to learn parallel programming, please refer to our MPI- or OpenMP-courses).

Agenda (tentative) & Content:

09:00 - 12:15   morning session (intro, login, storage, modules, spack, compiling, SLURM basics)
12:15 - 13:15   lunch break (time for the lunch break is tentative !)
13:15 - 14:45   afternoon session (SLURM advanced, special hardware - GPU, binf)
14:45 - 17:00   individual support (on appointment only)

A more detailed timetable can be found below in the Slides.


You should be able to work on the Linux command line and be familiar with login to a remote Linux machine. Otherwise please take our Linux-course prior to this course.

All participants will get a temporary training user for the course. You will use your own laptop or workstation to connect to VSC and do the hands-on exercises. If you use Windows please install the following software packages prior to the course: PuTTY and FileZilla or winscp.


Claudia Blaas-Schenner, Markus Hickel, Siegfried Höfinger, and Jan Zabloudil (VSC Research Center, TU Wien)


Presentations will be in English, support during the hands-on sessions is available both in English or German.

Date, Time, and Location:

14.06.2022, 09:00 - 14:45, ONLINE COURSE
14.06.2022, 14:45 - 17:00, Individual support (on appointment only)

This training is for users (or soon to be users) of the VSC clusters only and offered without any fees.

Calendar entry

Event location

TU Wien
Zoom Online



VSC Research Center (TU Wien)
Claudia Blaas-Schenner


More Information





Entrance fee



Registration required


Registration period: 18 March - 8 June, 2022; but only as long as places are available.
Registration info:, opens an external URL in a new window