"Supercomputing": a new free online course

13 February 2017

"Supercomputing" is a free 5-week online course designed for anyone interested in leading-edge computing technology, supercomputers or the role that computer simulation takes in modern science and engineering.

Today’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world: computer simulation.

This course will introduce students to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs.

"Building on our experiences of running introductory technical courses and public engagement and outreach events, we have put together a course that explores the fundamental concepts and applications of supercomputing using a range of articles, videos, exercises and discussions. No programming experience is required - this is like a 'supercomputers for dummies' course! We try to use simple analogies and everyday examples to explain how supercomputers are built and the challenges we face in exploiting their enormous potential power." David Henty, course coordinator, EPCC

Register for "Supercomputing" now

The first run of the course begins on March 6, 2017. You can find out more and sign up here: www.futurelearn.com/courses/supercomputing

The course was developed by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and EPCC at The University of Edinburgh in collaboration with SURFsara, The Netherlands.

Training at EPCC

We offer courses for current and potential users of high performance computing throughout the UK, Europe and beyond:  www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/education-training

Interview with course coordinator David Henty

MOOCs: Discover the world of the super computer


Tracy Peet
+44 (0) 131 650 5362

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