JASMIN hands-on workshop - April 2021

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A hands-on virtual workshop for JASMIN users

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This event is a hands-on interactive training workshop for users of JASMIN. It is aimed at novice to intermediate users who wish to further their JASMIN knowledge.

Workshop overview:

Attendees will participate in a range of hands-on task-based exercises that help increase familiarity and best practice of the JASMIN environment.

The structure of the virtual workshop consists of self-guided time for working through the exercises at your own pace, alongside real-time support and interaction with the JASMIN experts. The exercises covered in this workshop are:

  • ex01 - Connecting to JASMIN
  • ex02 - Interactive computing using a sci server
  • ex03 - Transferring and sharing data
  • ex04 - Extracting a variable from a file in the CEDA Archive
  • ex05 - Batch computing - running a script on LOTUS

The resources are freely available on Github. The workshop is an opportunity for you to work through the exercises whilst the JASMIN team are on hand to answer any of your questions or troubleshoot issues.

The team have converted the in-person workshop resources to be delivered virtually during the Covid-19 pandemic. This workshop will use Zoom and Slack technologies - so you will need to be able to access these.

Set-up and pre-work:

You will need to use a JASMIN training account rather than your personal account for the workshop. There will be some pre-workshop work that you will need to complete in order to participate. This is detailed in:

  • ex00 - Getting set up for the JASMIN Workshop

Training account details will be emailed to attendees approximately 2 weeks before the workshop. Getting set up should take you between 30-60 minutes to complete. We will also run a drop-in session a week before the workshop where attendees can troubleshoot any issues they may have faced with setting up the training account.

You will also be asked to get a Slack account - further details will be sent ahead of the workshop.

Pre-requisites for joining the workshop:

The workshop does assume some basic knowledge listed below. There are plenty of good learning resources and tutorials in existence already, so rather than duplicate these, we have concentrated in the workshop on aspects specific to working on JASMIN.

You may struggle to work on JASMIN without a basic knowledge of these topics:

1. Using a command-line (also known as terminal or shell) environment to execute commands to carry out tasks

  • If you have only ever used a computer in "point-and-click" mode, for example in Windows or MacOS, you will need to learn some basics about using command-line tools.
  • The operating system used on JASMIN is Linux (currently CentOS7).
  • The default shell used on JASMIN is bash.
  • We will show our recommended way of getting to a command-line environment on each of Windows, MacOS and Linux.

2. Concepts such as "client", "server", and that particular protocols (or methods) enable you to connect from your local machine (i.e. your laptop or desktop) to a remote machine and run commands on it.

3. Organising data into files and directories (also known as folders)

Why attend a virtual workshop?

Anyone can complete the exercises in their own time with the resources linked, but joining an in-person workshop is a great chance for you to interact with the team, to discuss your research needs, and to provide feedback on the JASMIN service.

Future advanced workshop

We will be running a more advanced workshop covering different exercises in ~June. Look out for registration details for that soon!

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