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Using CSC Environment Efficiently
Date: 17.09.2018 9:00 - 17.09.2018 17:00
Location details: The event is organised at the CSC Training Facilities located in the premises of CSC at Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland. The best way to reach us is by public transportation; more detailed travel tips are available.
Language: english-language
lecturers: Jaakko Leinonen
Juha Lento
Petri Nikunen
Atte Sillanpää
  • free-price-finnish-academics.
  • 280 for-others
The fee covers all materials, lunches as well as morning and afternoon coffees.
The seats are filled in the registration order. If a cancellation is received five (5) business days prior to the course, the course fee will be refunded with the exception of a handling fee of 10 €. For no-shows and cancellations after the cut of date no refunds will be made. Registration can be transferred to someone else from the same organization without additional charge.

Payment can be made with electronic invoicing, credit card, or direct bank transfer. Note that for electronic invoicing you need the operator and e-invoicing address (OVT code) of your organization. Please also note that invoice reference is needed for electronic invoicing in your organization, so please have this available when registering.
Additional Information
Content: atte.sillanpaa at

This one day course focuses on using the CSC environment which has been tailored for researchers to be easy and efficient for scientific use. The CSC environment offers a very large selection of scientific software which can be used in many ways, which will be covered during the day. This includes user account management, Scientist's User Interface, overall description of the CSC environment: servers and storage, logging into CSC's servers (ssh, NoMachine), using the module system (initialising applications), interactive usage, submitting and monitoring batch jobs, estimating batch job requirements, etc. The course includes lots of hands-on exercises enabling using the services oneself and naturally the possibility to ask any questions e.g. how to carry out your own research more efficiently using CSC resources.


Basic unix skills are needed: how to move in the directories, copy and edit files - basic command line usage (ls, cp, cd, nano, more, cat, echo, mkdir, rm, tar ...). If you're not familiar with these, you can prepare by looking at the materials of previous workshops, or participate in introductory linux courses (Linux 1, Linux 2) before this one, or take a look at these materials we have collected for you. If you are unsure of the level please contact us!

In case you do not have an account to CSC's services yet, please apply for it before the worshop; it will prove useful.

Quick intro to useful Unix commands and CSC environment:
Unix Cheat Sheet



09:00–09:15 Introduction to the course
09:15–09:30 CSC at a glance
09:15–09:45 Getting access: User account, project and services, web-based access to CSC's services
09:45–10:00 Coffee break
10:00–11:00 How to connect: How to access CSC's computers, NX client, taito-shell
11:00–12:00 CSC's computing environment Different platforms, module system, licensing, storage and data transfer
12:00–13:00 Lunch break
13:00–14:30 Running your jobs, resource-management (a.k.a. batch job) systems
14:30–14:45 Coffee break
14:45–15:30 Installing your own program Demo of a typical installation
15:30–15:45 Science services at CSC: A short introduction
15:45–16:15 Troubleshooter + Installation session: Helping with installations, your own research issues, hands-on exercises


Course materials