Best Practices on NRIS Clusters May 2022

The Norwegian Research Infrastructure Services (NRIS) is offering a course for users of national HPC systems (Saga, Fram, Betzy). The two half days course is the follow up to the NRIS HPC on-boarding course. We will focus on different aspects related to the everyday usage of HPC facilities in order to facilitate an valuable and productive framework to develop your research. These include best practices and trouble shooting, resource management, software installation, gpu computing with slurm and advanced user support.

Targeted Audience: The course is aimed at students, researchers and employees who want to deepen their knowledge of the usage of HPC facilities. This is a follow-up course to the NRIS HPC on-boarding course (although it is not a prerequisite). If you are new to HPC, we highly recommend to refer the course material of NRIS HPC on-boarding course to benefit from this course.

The course is open to all users and free of charge, but registration is mandatory.


The video recordings and notes can be found here

Practical Information

This is an online course via zoom. Participants require access to a computer (not provided by the course organisers) with internet connectivity and pre-installed programs to participate in the video meeting of the course (zoom, might work from a browser), to access the HPC systems (e.g., ssh or Putty), to transfer data to/from an HPC system (e.g., scp or WinSCP).

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Time, date (all times CEST)




Mon 23.05

09:00 - 12:30

Session 1 : Best Practices and Trouble shooting on NRIS clusters
Session 2: Resource management

Tue 24.05

09:00 - 12:30

Session 1: Software Installation
Session 2: GPU computing with slurm
Session 3: Advanced user support


Day1 - Monday 23 May 2022

Day2 - Tuesday 24 May 2022

  • 09:00-09:05 - Welcome, Practical information &icebreaker question

  • 09:05-09:50 - Software Installation - (Sabry Razick & Jørn Dietze)

  • 09:50-10:00 - Break

  • 10:00-10:30 - Software Installation (continues) - (Sabry Razick & Jørn Dietze)

  • 10:30-11:00 - GPU-programming: Using GPUs with Slurm - (Jørgen Nordmoen)

  • 11:00-11:10 - Break

  • 11:10-11:40 - GPU-programming: Using GPUs with Slurm (continues)

  • 11:40-11:45 - Break

  • 11:45-12:15 - NRIS extended support and AUS (Espen Flage-Larsen)

  • 12:15-12:30 - Q&A & Discussion


  • Ole W. Saastad

  • Radovan Bast

  • Sabry Razick

  • Jørn Dietze

  • Jørgen Nordmoen

  • Espen Flage-Larsen

Expert helpers

  • Bjørn Lindi

  • Nikolay Aleksandrov Vazov

  • Siri Kallhovd

  • Marius Linge


  • Dhanya Pushpadas

Code of Conduct

All participants in our course are expected to show respect and courtesy to others. We follow carpentry code of conduct. If you believe someone is violating the Code of Conduct, we ask that you report it to the training team.

Preparing your machine for the course

We assume you have the necessary tools installed on your machine and are able to use them. You need tools to login into a remote machine (e.g., ssh ) and to transfer data to/from a remote machine (e.g., scp ). If you need to install such tools, please see prepare your machine section.