16 July 2021 to 31 August 2021
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
Registration extended to Friday 27 August 2021. 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:hpcschool2021

The online Winter School for 2021 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:

Then apply for the Practical HPC Winter School  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 from 16 July 2021 in the online 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.


Registration: 18 June to 27 August 2021

Course: 16 July to 10 September 2021 for supervised learning

Assignment deadline and close of course: 30 September 2021

The online course will be available from 16 July to 30 September, however, the period of supervised learning ends on 31 August 2021. The final hand-in deadline for all assignments is 12h00 on 30 September 2021.

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