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Basic Peregrine course

Duration: 4 hours
Audience Anyone who wants to make use of the Peregrine cluster for running computations

Course fee


UG students: free
UG staff: free
PhD students: free
UMCG: free
Others: on request

Course dates and enrollment

Contact: CIT secretariat (050 - 36 39200)

Often the power of the desktop pc or laptop is not enough to perform simulations or analyses of huge datasets. The university has a computer cluster with more than 5000 cpu cores that can help you in tackling this problem. In this four hour course you will learn how to work with this system.


The following topics will be discussed:

  • What the cluster can do for you
  • How to get access to the system
  • How to work with the Linux command-line environment
  • How to transfer data to and from the cluster
  • How to find, and get access to the available software
  • How to start and monitor calculations on the cluster

The course has been split in two parts. The first part addresses logging in to the system and the use of the Linux environment. The second part will discuss the setup of the cluster, the available software and starting real calculations. For people who already have knowledge about the Linux command-line environment it is possible to only attend the second part.

Course format

The course will be a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises, in which you will work with the concepts explained.


After the course you should understand what a computer cluster is, how to log in to the system, how to work with the command-line environment, be able to transfer data, and submit calculations as jobs to the system.


No knowledge about clusters or Linux necessary. All examples are based on (free to download and use) software already available on the university Windows desktops. Pointers to alternative software will be given for Mac and Linux users.

Last modified:24 September 2018 09.45 a.m.