Quest: Introduction

beginner HPC


Overview

New to Quest or looking to improve your familiarity with it? Come get an overview of the system, learn how to submit jobs, and get familiar with best practices. All researchers are welcome to attend, but you’ll need an active Quest allocation to participate interactively, which will help you get the most out of the workshop. See the About Quest page for more information on getting an allocation. If you’re not familiar with the command line, we recommend that you also take the Command Line: Introduction workshop.

Things you’ll learn in this workshop

  • What is Quest? How is it structured?
  • Connect to Quest
  • Transfer files to Quest
  • Find and use software on Quest
  • What is parallel computing?
  • Submit a job to Quest

Prerequisites

  • Optional, but highly recommended: A Quest allocation; see About Quest. Apply for the allocation at least a week before the workshop.
  • Familiarity with a command line environment (ls, cd, pwd, cat, head, cp, mv, rm). If you’re not familiar with the command line, we recommend that you also take the Command Line: Introduction workshop. Alternatively, complete sections 1-3 of Software Carpentry: The Unix Shell.

Required Software

  • An SFTP client, such as Cyberduck
  • SSH client, such as FastX (all systems), PuTTY (Windows), or Terminal (Mac OS X)

Can’t Attend?

Quest documentation, and links to a few short videos, can be found on the Northwestern IT Knowledge Base.

This workshop is offered quarterly on the Evanston campus, and at least in the fall and spring on the Chicago campus.