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Introduction to Linux and Using CSC Environment Efficiently

Introduction to Linux and Using CSC Environment Efficiently
Date: 21.10.2014 9:45 - 22.10.2014 17:00
Location details: -
Language: english-language
lecturers: Tomasz Malkiewicz
Atte Sillanpää
Thomas Zwinger
Price: -
Additional Information
The first day will give the participant the basic knowledge and skills to use the unix shell. How to navigate around, copy files and launch applications. In addition to being useful on CSC's servers basic unix skills may come in handy elswehere too, and knowing the basics makes later self study much easier. The first day is intended for beginners with no prior knowledge or very little experience with the linux shell.

The second day focuses on using the CSC environment which has been tailored for researchers to be easy and efficient for scientific use. The CSC environment offers a very large selection of scientific software which can be used in many ways, which will be covered during the day. Basic unix skills are needed. If you are unsure of your skills, participate in day 1 and/or have a look at the materials listed below in additional information.


Monday October 20th: Introduction to Linux

09:45 – 10:00  Morning coffee + registration
10:00 – 10:15   Introduction to the course (whereabouts, etc.)
10:15 – 10:45   What is UNIX/Linux: history and basic concepts (multi-user, multi-tasking, multi-processor)
10:45 – 11:30   Linux on my own computer: native installation, dual-boot, virtual appliances
11:30 – 12:15   A first glimpse of the shell: simple navigation, listing, creating/removing files and directories
12:15 – 13:15   lunch
13:15 – 13:30   Text editors: vi and emacs
13:30 – 14:15   File permissions: concepts of users and groups, changing permissions/groups
14:15 – 14:30   coffee break
14:30 – 14:45 Linux security
14:45 – 15:15  Job management: scripts and executables, suspending/killing jobs, monitoring, foreground/background
15:15 – 15:45  Setup of your system: environment variables, aliases, rc-files
15:45 – 16:45   A second look at the shell: finding files and contents, remote operations, text-utils, changing shells
16:45 – 17:00 Troubleshooter: Interactive session to deal with open questions and specific problems


Tuesday October 21st: Using CSC Environment Efficiently

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome
09:10 - 09:15 CSC at a glance
09:15 – 09:45 How to connect: how to access CSC's computers
09:45 – 10:00 Coffee break
10:00 - 10:30 Installation session: helping with installation of NX client, PuTTy, Virtual appliance, ...
10:30 - 11:15 Scientist's User Interface (SUI): introduction to web-based access to CSC's services
11:15 - 12:15 Linux on supercomputers: a basic guide to use the shell
12:15 - 13:20 lunch
(13:00-13:20 Supercomputer's tour for those who are interested)
13:20 - 13:50 CSC's computing environment: different platforms, module system, licensing
13:50 - 14:15 Coffee break
14:15 - 15:00 Running your jobs: simple compiling (for absolute beginners), resource-management (a.k.a. batch job) systems
15:00 - 15:30 Compiling your program (writing makefile, linking, debugging)
15:30 - 15:45 Science services at CSC: a short introduction
15:45 - 16:15 Troubleshooter: Interactive session to deal with open questions and specific problems

Course materials