Boost your calculations with the first French-speaking MOOC on supercomputers

Join the MOOC - open to all - to discover what a supercomputer is, how to use it, what benefits it offers and how to introduce parallelism in your calculation codes.

From October 25, 2021 to November 12, 2021 All day

During this 3-week course offered by Centrale Nantes, the concepts will be tackled in a fun and simple way with plenty of illustrations and interaction. You will be guided through this new world of HPC via short videos presenting the concepts, but also fun exercises, self-assessments and numerous interactions on the Forum or during live sessions. You will also study more advanced notions to be implemented in practical cases. Finally, you will develop your first parallel codes.

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Supercomputers have long been used for numerical simulation, to carry out experiments on a computer which would be costly and/or dangerous under real conditions. The creation of 3D animation or special effects is also very demanding in terms of computing resources and can therefore benefit from the power of supercomputers. Another more recent application is linked to the rise of Artificial Intelligence with a neural network training phase that requires this type of equipment.

For all these applications, and many others, the efficient use of supercomputers requires new concepts and experience to open up the world of high performance computing.

This MOOC has been designed to address these needs.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand parallel computing and its applications
  • Describe how a supercomputer works
  • Work in the supercomputer environment
  • Identify whether your favourite software is parallelised 
  • Identify projects that could benefit from supercomputing
  • Use computing resources optimally to optimise and share them
  • Run applications on multiple cores
  • Differentiate between MPI and OpenMP parallel programming libraries 
  • Write programs adapted to supercomputers
Whether you are a student, a researcher, or just curious, this Mooc is for you!

The teaching staff

  • Hugues Digonnet: Teacher / researcher │High Performance Computing Institute, Centrale Nantes
  • Mathieu Gesta: Educational designer│ RFI Atlanstic 2020, University of Nantes
  • Pierre-Emmanuel Guérin: Technical manager of the high performance computing platform│High Performance Computing Institute, Centrale Nantes
  • Dominika Jankosikova: Multimedia educational designer│Centrale Nantes
  • Romain Plourde : Videographer │Centrale Nantes
  • Richard Randriatoamanana: Research engineer│LS2N Laboratory, CNRS
Published on September 27, 2021 Updated on July 4, 2022