HPC Basics: Introduction to Using Linux

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This session will provide a basic introduction to using Linux and the command-line interface in order to access Compute Canada and WestGrid high performance computing (HPC) resources.

The topics covered in this talk include:

  • Basics of computing with high performance computers

  • Filesystem hierarchy

  • Basic linux commands for navigating filesystem

    • cd, ls, pwd, mkdir

  • Basic linux commands for file handling

    • mv, cp, rm, grep, more, less, head, tail, cat

  • Using the manual command (man) to get more details on linux command line options

  • Downloading and decompressing files from the internet

    • wget, gunzip, gzip

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone interested in learning Linux or using Compute Canada / WestGrid resources. If you do not have a Compute Canada account, a guest account can be created for you for use during this session.

Pre-Requisite Skills / Knowledge:

  • This is an introductory-level session. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

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