Beagle Training Workshop


Lorenzo Pesce, PhD


July 27, 2011, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm




Computation Institute-OT Getting started on the Cray XE6 Beagle

Submitting Unit:
Computation Institute

Date of Event: Wednesday, July 27 2011
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM
Building: Searle, Room 240a

Name of Series, Lectureship, Ceremony:
Beagle Training Workshop

Title of talk or presentation:
Getting started on the Cray XE6 Beagle

Speaker’s Name and Degrees:
Lorenzo Pesce, PhD

Speaker’s Institutional Affiliation:
Computation Institute, University of Chicago, 5735 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Getting started on the Cray XE6 Beagle

Beagle is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world that is devoted to life sciences. The 151 teraflops, Cray XE6 system supports computation, simulation, and data analysis for the biomedical research community. Beagle is made possible by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). This system is available to University of Chicago investigators, their collaborators, and other meritorious investigators nationwide.

Trainers: The catalysts and administrators of Beagle team at the Computational Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

When: July 27th 2011 from 10 to 11:30 AM.

Outline: This introductory class is mainly intended for people who have just started working on the Cray XE6 Beagle. It aims at familiarizing new users with the hardware and software architecture (e.g., compilation, submission). Cray’s performance analysis tools will briefly be introduced as well. We will have a lecture which involves small practical exercises about compilation, data transfer and submission of jobs. Users are strongly invited to ask specific questions about how to port their specific calculations to Beagle and how to submit jobs.

Topics will include (depending upon users desires and abilities):
Beagle hardware concepts and terminology
Modules environment (with exercises)
Launch of a parallel application (with exercises)
Use of the batch environment (with exercises)
Job monitoring (with exercises)
Data transfer using Globus online
Use of the compilers (C, C++, and Fortran)
Introduction to the application debugger and profiler
Introduction to Parallel scripting with Swift (see also the paper “Swift: A language for distributed parallel scripting” for examples of using this parallel scripting language)

Time requirements: One and half hours

Where: Room 240a at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago. 5735 South Ellis Avenue (Searle Building).

Requirements: Open to every Beagle user, users need to have access to beagle and bring their laptop for the exercises and to read the slides that will be distributed electronically to the users that RSVP.

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