Date/Time
Date(s) - 26/10/2021 - 02/11/2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


This 1-day workshop provides an introduction to the use of high-performance computing (HPC) systems such as Rosalind. It is intended for students and researchers with little or no experience of command-line interfaces and computer clusters.

Course description

Many research projects of biomedical interest involve the processing of extensive collections of big data files, which is often impractical on standard desktop computers. The course will include lectures, discussion and extended hands-on activity. Practical sessions will make use of a shared computer cluster, where multiple users compete for finite resources. The demonstrators will guide participants in its use and explain how resources are allocated to users and tasks.

The workshop will introduce Linux to the students, enabling them to use its command line and perform simple tasks needed to effectively use a computer cluster – e.g. manipulating files and directories, writing and running scripts, logging into the cluster, transferring data and checking its integrity, submitting and monitoring jobs in a shared HPC environment. During the hands-on the students will submit various scripts in order to identify the best use of resources.

Please note:

  • Students will use their own laptops.
  • Before the course students will need to request a Rosalind account
  • Further details will be sent to participants closer to the time of the workshop.

Who can attend?

The courses are free for health care professionals employed by organisations associated with the National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas’ and King’s College London:

  • King’s College London
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals
  • South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Places are booked on a first come, first served basis. If the module is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list and if a place becomes available you will contacted at the latest 72 hours beforehand.

Non Attendance Policy

The courses in this programme are very popular and are often oversubscribed. If you are unable to attend a course you are booked on to you must notify us 72 hours in advance so we can offer the place to someone else.

If you do not attend on the day and are unable to provide a satisfactory explanation you may be removed from future course bookings.

For further information please contact the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC Research Training Programme at BRCTraining@gstt.nhs.uk.

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