NRIS Best Practices Course 9-11 May 2023

The Norwegian Research Infrastructure Services (NRIS) is offering a best practices course for users of national HPC systems (Saga, Fram, Betzy) and all interested in the feild.

The three 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 NRIS HPC systems overview, best practices and trouble shooting,resource management, software installation, GPUs etc.

Targeted Audience: The course is aimed at students, researchers and employees who want to upskill 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).

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

Practical Information

  • This is an online course via zoom. Participants require access to a computer (not provided by the course organisers) with internet connectivity.

  • To do the hands-on exercises on NRIS HPCs, the participants need an account on national HPC. If the participant don’t have acces to national resources yet we will send you information via email after registration on how to get access.


It is not mandatory to have account on national HPCs to attend the course. Participants can follow the lectures without having an account on national resources since the course content is applicable to all HPCs

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The course is free of charge and is organised by the NRIS partners UiB, UiO, UiT, NTNU & Sigma2. Ordinary registration closes on 4th May. Register here

Time, date (all times CEST)




Tue 09.05

09:00 - 12:30

NRIS HPC Systems Overview & Best Practices

Wed 10.05

09:00 - 12:30

Trouble shooting & Resource Management

Thu 11.05

09:00 - 12:30

Software Installation & GPU Intro


Day1 - Tuesday 9th May 2023

  • 09:00-09:10 - Welcome, Practical information & icebreaker

  • 09:10-09:45 - NRIS Infrastructure (Einar Næss Jensen)

  • 09:50-10:30 - Job Types and Queue Systems on NRIS Clusters (Bjørn-Helge Mevik)

  • 10:30-10:45 - Break

  • 10:45-11:30 - Using the HPC resources effectively (Ole W. Saastad)

  • 11:30-11:45 - Break

  • 11:45-12:15 - Summary and exercise demo (Ole W. Saastad)

  • 12:15-12:30 - Q&A

Day2 - Wednesday 10th May 2023

  • 09:00-09:10 - Welcome, Practical information &icebreaker

  • 09:10-09:50 - HPC Best Practices & Trouble shooting (Ole W. Saastad)

  • 09:50-10:00 - Break

  • 10:00-10:45 - How to choose the right amount of memory + Exercise (Radovan Bast & Jørn Dietze)

  • 10:45-11:00 - Break

  • 11:00-11:45 - How to choose the number of cores + Exercise (Radovan Bast & Jørn Dietze)

  • 11:45-12:00 - Break

  • 12:00-12:30 - Q&A & Discussion

Day3 - Thursday 11th May 2023

  • 09:00-09:10 - Welcome, Practical information &icebreaker question

  • 09:10-10:00 - Software Installation (Jørn Dietze)

  • 10:00-10:15 - Break

  • 10:15-11:00 - Software Installation continues (Jørn Dietze)

  • 11:00-11:15 - Break

  • 11:15-12:15 - Introduction to GPU (Hicham Agueny)

  • 12:15-12:30 - Q&A

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 hands-on exercises

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. If you are using Windows 10 or earlier versions and you don’t have a terminal to execute UNIX commands, you are requested to install Git for windows.


  • Einar Næss Jensen

  • Bjørn-Helge Mevik

  • Ole W. Saastad

  • Radovan Bast

  • Espen Tangenk

  • Jørn Dietze

  • Hicham Agueny


  • Siri Kallhovd

  • Dhanya Pushpadas