Brief IT course in JINR Information Centre

Education, 04 December 2020

The Cloud Technology Group of the Laboratory of Information Technologies JINR jointly with the HybriLIT group held a short introductory course on cloud computing and parallel programming on the basis of the JINR Multifunctional Information and Computing Centre. The course was provided to students of the North Ossetian State University and other universities the students of which were interested in mastering these technologies.

Classes were held in a mixed format using a videoconferencing on the platform of the JINR Information Centre in the South of Russia, which celebrated two years since its opening. On 30 November, participants gathered in the NOSU Physics and Technology Department together with online participants to get acquainted with cloud technologies, and on 1 December, they were learning about parallel computing. In the framework of the tutorial “Introduction to cloud technologies”, participants under the supervision of the speaker, a LIT researcher Elena Mazhitova were acquainted with the history of the cloud technology development, reviewed different types of cloud services, studied the basics of visualization, were acquainted with the OpenNebula cloud platform, both in theory and practice. The next day, a LIT senior researcher Jan Busa Jr. and a LIT researcher Alexander Ayriyan taught students the basics of work at the HybriLIT heterogeneous computing platform, as well as the basics of various programming frameworks, such as MPI, Open MP, and CUDA. After finishing the theoretical part of the course, students got homework on doing tasks at the HybriLIT supercomputer cluster. According to the results of the homework, the best students will be selected on 7 December.

The NOSU-JINR cooperation in the educational realm on the basis of the Information Centre is not limited to IT technologies. For example, since the beginning of this academic year, online lessons with a lecturer from the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics JINR, a researcher Georgy Kalagov are held every Friday in the JINR Information Centre. The classes cover the mathematical apparatus applied at the cutting edge of physics: Gaussian integrals, Grassmann numbers for describing particles, Green’s functions, production function.