CANCELLED: Cluster Workshop

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CANCELLED: Cluster Workshop


updated April 22nd

Due to the currently unclear situation we cannot guarantee a successful event this year. Therefore, we have decided to cancel the Cluster Workshop planned for June. We have already started to plan for 2021 and hope to see you soon. Thank you for your understanding and your support.


Modern compute clusters have become an important part of the IT infrastructure for research and development in many companies and institutions. The procurement, operation, and efficient usage of such parallel systems introduce new and complex requirements.

To address these issues, the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) will hold a vendor-independent workshop that provides an introduction to cluster systems and the particular challenges they raise. Topics covered will include the design of compute clusters, as well as details on hardware components, operating systems, file systems, and modes of operation, as well as some examples of software solutions. Furthermore, typical problems that cluster operators encounter will be discussed, along with strategies for solving them.

As Germany's first national supercomputing center, HLRS has operated compute clusters for many years, enabling simulation for a wide range of scientific and industrial applications. We maintain constant dialogue with users and hardware providers and have accumulated a large knowledge base in cluster computing.

Participants in the HLRS Cluster Workshop will:

  • Gain foundational knowledge about the current state of cluster computing technologies
  • Discover methods for using your cluster more effectively and opportunities for performance improvement
  • Gain information that will improve confidence during negotiation in the purchase of a cluster computing system
  • Have opportunities to pose questions related to individual concerns
  • Gather practical knowledge through discussion of relevant examples
  • Benefit from an event that is independent of manufacturers of specific products
  • Enjoy affordable continuing education with experts working in the field of high-performance computing

The agenda of the workshop is outlined below and is designed to leave room for dialogue between the participants and the attending domain experts.

First day:
Description of Hardware Concepts and Architectures

a. Cluster Structures
b. Network
c. Storage, file systems
d. Requirements for infrastructure
e.  Visualization
f. Tour through 3-D visualization CAVE and computer room

Second day:
System Software, Middleware, Tools

a. Operational concept
b. IT security
c. Operating systems
d. Storage concept, backup
e. Monitoring
f. Parallel Programming
g. Batch systems
h. Performance

A detailed program (in German, preliminary, 2019) can be found here.


The course language is German.


via on-line registration form.

Extended Deadline


for registration is May 31, 2020 (extended deadline).


Students without Diploma/Master: 60 EUR

Students with Diploma/Master (PhD students) at German universities: 240 EUR

Members of German universities and public research institutes: 240 EUR

Members of universities and public research institutes within EU or PRACE member countries: 480 EUR

Other participants, e.g., from industry or affiliated at other public service providers or government:
480 EUR (if registered until May 17, 2020) and 580 EUR (if registered after May 17, 2020)

(includes coffee breaks and lunch break)


Travel Information and Accommodation

see our How to find us page.

Local Organizer

Jutta Oexle phone 0711 685 87207,
Rolf Rabenseifner phone 0711 685 65530,
Lorenzo Zanon phone 0711 685 63824,

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