Science Park 904, Amsterdam, Netherlands

High Performance Computing & Big Data Course – UvA & SURFsara

High Performance Computing made easy

Researchers and engineers from industry and academia alike frequently experience their daily work to be impeded by physical limitations of their ICT equipment: processing and storage capacity, visualization facilities and their integration. They feel that up-scaling to high performance computing (HPC) facilities would be very beneficial to their work, but don’t know how to do this and lack the time to investigate their options.

From the June 1st until Jul 4th 2017, researchers from the University of Amsterdam and high performance computing experts from the SURFsara national Super Computing Center organize a course on ‘High Performance Computing and Big Data’, where researchers and engineers can learn about HPC, discuss their specific problems with experts and start to solve them on SURFsara’s state-of-the-art computing facilities.

The objective of this course is to introduce individuals with limited programming knowledge to various HPC facilities. At the end of the course, they will be able to use them avoiding common pitfalls, thus saving them money and time.

The course is taught in English and is composed of a number of independent modules touching on various HPC and Big Data issues:

  • Introduction to Unix, distributed systems, and Big Data
  • Using state-of-the-art Super Computers (with hands-on on the National Super Computer Cartesius and the Lisa cluster)
  • HPC Cloud
  • GPU programming
  • Local and Remote Visualization Techniques
  • Data management
  • Data Intensive Computing with Hadoop: MapReduce and Pig
  • MPI/OpenMP approaches used in HPC and distributed computing;

For more details and registration, please visit the course Web site:

Prices are as follows:

  • Members of UvA and VU:                   free
  • Participants from other universities: € 300
  • Participants from outside the academic sector: € 3000

These prices are for the entire course. Should people only attend some of the workshops, they pay to ratio. Currently there are 10 workshops, so they cost 30 / 300 each.

For further information contact Boy Menist at