Attend XSEDE’s HPC Training Sessions to expand your knowledge of Big Data!

We would like to call your attention to upcoming events being held at NCSA:
  • February 7-8 – Big Data – Registration is open now
  • March 6 – GPU Programming Using OpenACC – Registration will be open after the conclusion of February’s workshop
Throughout the year, the Blue Waters and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) projects, led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), support a variety of interdisciplinary training sessions, workshops and webinars to assist researchers in expanding their computational and data analytics knowledge and providing skills to advance their research.
The training sessions are offered as hands-on workshops that provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in high performance computing (HPC).


Registration is free and required. The sessions are scheduled for 10 AM until 4 PM Central Time in Room 1030 of the NCSA building at 1205 W. Clark St. in Urbana. RSVP on Facebookto receive regular updates.
There are also numerous self-paced tutorials on a variety of topics.
A complete list of training resources are available here:
Blue Waters offers a regular webinar series.  All of the sessions are recorded and freely available on YouTube.  The Blue Waters webinar schedule for 2018 will be announced in January and posted here.
If you need assistance finding relevant training sessions, contact us and we’ll work with you to help address your needs –
The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise. People around the world use these resources and services — things like supercomputers, collections of data and new tools — to improve our planet. XSEDE is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Webinar: Writing a Successful XSEDE Allocation Proposal

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will host a webinar on December 7 from 2-4 p.m. CST to share tips on writing a successful XSEDE allocation proposal. This webinar will introduce users to the process of writing an XSEDE allocation proposal, and cover the elements that make a proposal successful. This webinar is recommended for users making the jump from a startup allocation to a research allocation, and is highly recommended for new campus champions. Please promote this webinar to interested people in your network via this link.

XSEDE Monthly Workshop: Big Data Training 9/12-9/14

This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform. To register visit the XSEDE User Portal.

Tuesday, September 12
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Welcome
11:25 Intro to Big Data
12:00 Hadoop
12:30 Intro to Spark
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Spark
3:30 Spark Exercises
4:30 Spark
5:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, September 13
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Machine Learning: Recommender System with Spark
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Deep Learning with Tensorflow
4:30 Bridges: A Big Data Platform
5:00 Adjourn

Due to demand, this workshop will be telecast to several satellite sites.

You may attend at any of the following sites.

  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • George Mason University
  • Tufts University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Houston, Clear-Lake
  • Purdue University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Howard University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Arizona
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville – National Institute for Computational Sciences
  • University of California, Los Angeles

High Performance Computing topics by XSEDE

XSEDE is pleased to announce a regular series of remote workshops on High-Performance Computing topics.  These hands-on workshops provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in HPC.  We are currently accepting satellite sites for:

June 6-9 – Summer Boot Camp (FINAL CALL – a Few spots remain)

August 15: OpenMP

September 12-13: Big Data

October 3-4: MPI

November 7: GPU Programming Using OpenACC

December 5-6: Big Data

You, or another representative of your institution, should contact us if you are interested in hosting a remote site.  The number of sites will be limited for any given event.  Please note that this is not individual student enrollment; we will post registration pages for student enrollment once the remote sites have been determined.

Unless otherwise stated, this series will run from 11AM-5PM Eastern Time each day so as to encourage participation in all time zones.

Interest in this series has grown dramatically.  We routinely have more sites apply than we can handle.  We will announce the list of accepted sites about 1 month prior to each event.  Please do not assume your site has been accepted until you are notified as such.

These workshops are very hands-on and use the foremost available platforms for their subject matter.  They are a continuation of the previously oversubscribed XSEDE remote workshops and an effort to reduce the backlog of demand while maintaining the quality.

Satellite sites must be able to provide a facility capable of two-way video for the duration of the workshop.  There should also be a full-time TA available to assist with local technical issues.  An AV system test will be scheduled sometime before each workshop.

Address any questions regarding course content to John Urbanic ( and questions regarding registration to Tom Maiden (