University of Chicago

Room 240, Searle Chemistry Lab, 5735 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Dec 15-17, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Day 1), 8.30 am - 4.30 pm (Day 2), 8.30 am - 11.00 am (Day 3)

General Information

The Open Science Grid (OSG) is a national scale distributed infrastructure for scientific computing. The OSG Connect service provides easy access to the resources that OSG provides. The OSG also offers training and tutorials for the scientists and researchers. As part of our training service we are offering an extended Software Carpentry workshop which augments instruction on basic Linux tools and programming with tutorials on using distributed high throughput computing workflows on the OSG. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers become more productive by teaching them basic lab skills for computing like program design, version control, data management, and task automation.

This workshop is being run by the OSG, in collaboration with Software Carpentry.

Instructors: Bala Desinghu, Suchandra Thapa, David Champion, Lincoln Bryant, Rob Gardner

Helpers: Anna Olson

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and other researchers.

Where: Room 240, Searle Chemistry Lab, 5735 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps. You will enter at the basement level. Turn south inside Searle to take the elevator to floor 2. Exiting the elevator, turn right twice, quickly, to head east down the hallway to room 240.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Contact: Please mail for more information.

Hang out on the Etherpad

Join the etherpad to ask questions and find useful information during the lesson.


Event is free but registration required. Space is limited for the event. To register, please visit here


Day 1

08:30 Software setup and account signup
09:00 Welcome Address
09:15 Introduction to the Unix shell
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Introduction to the Unix shell (continued)
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Version control with Git
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Version control with Git (continued)
17:00 Wrap Up

Day 2

08:30 Set up and review of day 1
09:00 Building programs with Python
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Building programs with Python (continued)
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Distributed High Throughput Computing
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 Distributed High Throughput Computing (continued)
17:00 Wrap Up

Day 3

08:30 Set up and review of day 2
09:00 Distributed computing on OSG Connect
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Distributed computing on OSG Connect
11:00 Close

Setup Instructions

Instructions to set up the required software on Linux, Windows and Mac laptops and OSG sign up information.


Course material for the workshop.


Syllabus for the workshop.


Post workshop survey.