Actual lab-sessions and tutorials featuring parallel computing techniques like MPI, GPGPU and the like have been planned. Please refer to the instructions for setting up your laptop for these hands-on sessions.

Setting up your Laptop:

During the hands-on sessions you would need to connect your laptop to our HPC cluster. For that you would be needing some software which let you connect and also transfer files. The instructions vary depending on the type of operating system installed on your laptop:


In case you would be bringing a laptop with Linux installed, you wont need to install any extra software since almost all of the linux distributions have SSH and SCP binaries pre-installed. Still if you are in doubt whether you have it or not, or you have a custom Linux distribution, just enter the following commands in the terminal emulator:

which ssh
which scp

These commands should return the path to the SSH and SCP binaries if you have them installed. If these commands output something like “No SSH in…. or No SCP in …..” you need to install these binaries using the package manager of your linux distribution.


For laptops running Windows, you need to install SSH and SCP software.

Install PuTTY

PuTTY is a free program that lets you log into remote computers using ssh.

Download putty from here:

You can either use a standalone file that doesn’t require any installation, so you can just put it on your desktop, or you can also download an installer.

Install WinSCP

Download WinSCP from here:

You probably want the “Installation package”.


If you are bringing your MacBook, you can use the Unix commands ssh and scp in the Terminal which come pre-intalled on a mac, or if you prefer a GUI version, you can use Cyberduck, or MacFusion.