BEAR Training



Research support (IT Services) provides a variety of short courses and workshops to help researchers and Postgrad students develop their IT skills and make the most of technology for their work and research. The “BEAR Necessities Training” and “BEAR Introduction to command line Linux” courses provide both a general introduction to HPC and an overview of Linux commands that facilitate execution of software applications on BlueBEAR (HPC). 

Additionally, the online Unix/Linux course notes provide exercises to improve your knowledge and help in the execution of applications on a HPC system (under Linux).  There are also training sessions in specific software applications and special-interest user groups that bring people together with common interests in research areas. In excess of the internal courses there are external providers of courses and workshops.


Research Computing Courses (upcoming courses)


Upcoming Events
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BEAR Introduction to command line Linux


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BEAR Necessities Training



 BEAR Computing Courses

Internal Courses

BEAR Introduction to command line Linux, which is of particular use to BlueBEAR users

BEAR Necessities Training, which is an introductory course designed to get you up and running.


Unix/Linux Course Notes and Exercises

 Previous Externally Provided Courses

CUDA training occurred on 31 July 2013

This one-day workshop was jointly organised by IT Services, OCF and NVidia. It was oversubscribed, with 25 delegates being able to attend along with a reserve list. The following documents are available from that course:

 External Resources

There is a comprehensive Unix course on the tutorialspoint Unix training site.

Online HPC training is available as part of the ARCHER national HPC service. Almost all the material is a generic introduction to HPC with a short additional section that is specific to ARCHER.

For those that have run through the material (including the ARCHER-specific section) there is the option to take the ARCHER Driving Test online. People who complete the test successfully can apply for an account on ARCHER with 1200 kAU (80000 CPUh) to use over 12 months.

The online material can be found at:

and the Driving Test at:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a web site which has courses on parallel/MPI programming. The sites requires an account but it is trivial to register and spam safe. For more information please see here.

The Software Carpentry web site has a set of course notes and discussion documents relevant to scientists and engineers using HPC as part of their research. 

 BEAR User Groups

The BEAR User Groups are run by users on behalf of users. The interests of users in various groups are represented by the user representatives, typically but not necessarily one from each school. Their main role is to raise areas of concern with the User Group which could then be brought forward to the BEAR Management Committee.


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Last modified: 8 February 2016

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