15 July 2020 to 30 September 2020
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
Processing Applications Takes 1 to 3 Business Days

This online course will introduce African HPC users to the systems at the CHPC and help you develop practical skills in using the cluster for your scientific work. Attendees will learn the basics of using the CHPC Lengau cluster along with how to convert the computational intensive parts of their scientific workflow into a job script suitable for the CHPC. The Practical HPC course is 8 weeks long and will need about 2~3 hours per week.


  • CHPC Hardware
  • The CHPC Systems
  • The Command Line
  • How to Fix Errors
  • Scaling & Performance
  • Applications—from Workflow to Job Script
  • Installing Your Own Software

See also: http://wiki.chpc.ac.za/workshops:hpcschool2020

The new online Winter School for 2020 is presented in collaboration with PRACE and EPCC, and the first 4 weeks of the PRACE Supercomputing MOOC provide the necessary foundational information and concepts for the Practical HPC course.

PRACE Supercomputing MOOC

This MOOC is a focussed introduction to High Performance Computing and the prerequisite for the CHPC Practical HPC online course. This course is 5 weeks long and requires around 4~6 hours per week. The first 4 weeks are needed for the CHPC Winter School that follows.

Note that you will only have access to the Supercomputing MOOC at no cost for 7 weeks.


  1. Supercomputers — introduction to HPC
  2. Parallel Computers — the hardware
  3. Parallel Computing — programming supercomputers
  4. Computer Simulations
  5. Case Studies
Week 5 is optional.

How to sign up:

First sign up for the SC MOOC from 15 June:

Then apply for the Practical HPC Winter School from 12:00 on 15 July here (see the menu on the left).


Applications to enrol in the Winter School are moderated and will take 1 to 3 business days to process.  Once your application is approved you will be enrolled in the course and receive login details via email.

You will need to complete all of the first 4 weeks of the Supercomputing MOOC to be fully prepared for all the topics in the CHPC Practical HPC course.


Who May Apply

The CHPC Winter School is open to all CHPC users as well as students, postdocs and staff of teaching and research institutions from South Africa, SADC, the SKA Partner countries, and other African partner countries of the CHPC.

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