Science IT – ScienceCluster base

The ScienceCluster base course is designed to introduce new users to Science IT's cluster computing service.

This course will cover the basics of logging in to the cluster, managing your files across the various storage areas, submitting jobs with parallelized components, accessing outputted results, and much more. This course benefits both researchers as well as IT coordinators that support researchers.

Make sure to have your laptop computer ready and meet the course requirements described below.

To find out more about the ScienceCluster, please see here.
Materials that can be used during the course and beyond can be found here.

General information

Duration 2.5 hours
  • What is the ScienceCluster?
  • Logging in 
  • Running and monitoring jobs
  • Slurm workload manager
  • Software modules
  • Transferring and sharing data
  • Setting up python virtual environments
  • GPUs
  • Strengths and limitations
  • Open discussion (and time to discuss your intended use cases)
It is recommended to first take the Science IT - Linux Command Line course or another basic linux command line tutorial, or to have reasonable prior experience with the Bash shell.

Login access to the ScienceCluster should be obtained prior to the course. Contact the Science IT Helpdesk for help.

Laptop computer
  • In-person course: Bring your own laptop computer to the course.
  • Online course: If not directly connected to the UZH-internal network, you will need a VPN connection to UZH in order to access the ScienceCluster. You can find more information on the UZH VPN here.
      Note for Windows users: Windows 10 or newer is expected.
        Contact the Science IT Helpdesk if you have an older version.


Code Referents Dates Available seats Place
FS23-SCC05 Routh Devin
Reed Darren
27.06.2023 (14:00 - 16:30 Time)
16 Online Course Register
FS23-SCC06 Routh Devin
Reed Darren
25.07.2023 (14:00 - 16:30 Time)
20 Online Course Register

Please note before booking

Before booking your course, please note our General Conditions of Participation (pdf, 92 KB) but especially our Fair Play: Registration and Deregistration (pdf, 299 KB).... Thank you very much!




Contact details

Course programme of the FS23:

The program for the spring semester 2023 (pdf in German, 475 KB) will be online from January. Registration is possible from 01.02.2023 (during the night from approx. 01:00)

CMS, OLAT and Science IT courses also allow prior registration