ONLINE COURSE – VSC Training Course: Linux command line, May 19 or June 02, 2020

    This course will be delivered as an ONLINE COURSE for remote participation because of the COVID-19 measures enforced by most European governments.

    REGISTRATION is strictly NECESSARY since the details to access the online course will be provided to the registered and accepted attendees only.

    This course will be delivered online twice (with a smaller number of participants):
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 14:00 – 17:00 (ONLINE COURSE)
    Tuesday, June 02, 2020, 14:00 – 17:00 (ONLINE COURSE)

    Please note, the course description below is for the standard face-to-face version of the course while the online version will focus more on the Linux command line and will allow for some freedom concerning your other Linux questions.


    This Linux command-line course is for users (or soon to be users) of the VSC-3 cluster only. You will learn how to login to VSC-3 and step-by-step we will show you how to work on the Linux command line and a few basic things that will help you to organise your workflows on the cluster. Focusing on hands-on teaching throughout the course, you will immediately try out what you've heard and adapt it to your own needs.

    After attending this course you are prepared for and might consider to continue with the VSC Training Course: Introduction to Working on the VSC-3 Cluster to be able to use the VSC-3 supercomputer and especially its queuing system efficiently.

    If you need more help with Linux you can come to our Linux User Support that is offered every second Tuesday in the afternoon.

    Agenda (preliminary) & Content:

    14:00 - 14:15   Introduction to VSC
    14:15 - 14:45   Connecting to VSC-3: login & file transfer, OTPs, passwords, ssh-keys, backup policy
    14:45 - 17:15   Linux primer: command-line basics, editors, environment variables, .bashrc file
    17:15 - 17:30   Wrap-up and next steps
    17:30 - 18:00   Q&A session and individual support


    There is no previous knowledge required for this course.

    We suggest that you bring along your own laptop to benefit most from the hands-on exercises.
    Please make sure, that Opens external link in new windoweduroam is properly configured on your laptop, so that access to VSC-3 is possible during the course. If you use a Windows laptop please install the following software packages prior to the course: Opens external link in new windowPuTTY and Opens external link in new windowFileZilla or Opens external link in new windowwinscp.

    Alternatively, you can also work on one of the Linux PCs available in the course room, especially if this rather corresponds to your normal workflow.

    You should work with your own user account on VSC-3 during the course. If you do not yet have an own account we will provide a training user account for the course.


    Balazs Lengyel (VSC Research Center, TU Wien)


    The course language will be English (German only if all participants choose German as preferred language).

    Date, Time, and Location:

    19.05.2020, 14:00 - 17:00, ONLINE COURSE
    02.06.2020, 14:00 - 17:00, ONLINE COURSE


    Registration is closed (fully booked)!


    The Linux online course is free of charge and open for users (or soon to be users) of the VSC clusters as well as all students and members of TU Wien.

    Slides & Examples:

    Opens external link in new windowSlides [html] and examples - VSC Team: Linux and First Steps on the VSC-3 Cluster

    Course Organizer / Contact:

    Claudia Blaas-Schenner and Balazs Lengyel,


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