CSCS User Lab Day 2024 – Meet the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

Dear Members of the CSCS User Community,

We would like to invite you to join CSCS Staff for the event “CSCS User Lab Day 2024 – Meet the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre”, to be held on Monday, September 2, 2024, at the Hochschule  Luzern, located in Luzern, Switzerland. The event will end with an apero to allow further discussions and questions.

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Social Work
Inseliquai 12B
6002 Lucerne


10:00 – 10:25 Registration and Coffee
10:25 – 10:30 Welcome and Agenda
10:30 – 11:15 Scientific Keynote
11:15 – 11:45 Plenary Session: “Alps

11:45 – 12:45 Morning Parallel Sessions: 

1. How to use and build HPC software at CSCS: a practical introduction

  • User environments
    • CPE: briefly document that it is there
    • Uenv
      • accessing, starting, using SLURM, etc
      • Using CSCS provided scientific software
      • Building software: spack, views, modules

2. Interactive Supercomputing

  • Introduction to JupyterLab: A web-based interactive development environment for notebooks, code and data
  • Introduction to FirecREST: a REST interface for programming access to HPC resources
    • Show and tell existing use cases of FirecREST to start conversation about what it enables

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:30   Plenary Session: “CSCS

General information for working on Alps

  • information and support: slack, knowledge base
  • storage spaces (/scratch, /project)
  • using resources efficiently (slurm, …)

14:30 – 15:30  Afternoon Parallel Sessions

3. ML and PyTorch in containers

  • Advances in containers for HPC
  • Creating container images
  • Run at scale with mpi and gpu support at CSCS
  • Classical HPC and machine learning use cases

 4. Running and developing on Grace Hopper

  • Hardware overview
    • module
    • node
  • Benchmark results & performance expectations
  • optimizing performance
    • SLURM efficiently with GH200 (4 GPUs per node, thread affinity, etc)
    • Tensor cores / reduced precision.

5.  Continuous Integration and Development for Scientific Applications

  • CSCS external CI/CD service: CI/CD on Alps for your github/gitlab/bitbucket project
    • how to get access for your project
    • CI/CD as a container build service. How to access your container

Plenary Session:

15:30 – 16:30 CSCS, “Final Remarks and Announcements”

16:30 – 17:30 Farewell Coffee Apero


Registration is mandatory but without charge.

Deadline for registration: Monday, August 26, 2024

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