PRACE Training Course: Programming PRACE and MontBlanc prototypes: Tibidabo Machine

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Friday, 25 May, 2012 (All day)

Get a comprehensive view of the Tibidabo architecture and how to program this machine efficiently.

Learning Outcomes:

Understand how works Tibidabo machine. Work with some example codes, compiling, debugging and executing trough system queues. Get a global view of the machine with their specific configuration (Operating system, batch system, debuggers, compilers, how to access to the machine, how to use the resources, etc)


Course Outline:

Session 1 (2h):

  1. The Montblanc Project
  2. Tibidabo: Architecture Overview
  3. Discussion

Lunch Break (13:00 to 14:00)

Session 2 (1h + 1h hands-on):

Using Tibidabo (How to get access, Job Execution, Support) ( 1:30h )

Session 3 (1h +  1h hands-on ):

Developing application on Tibidabo (GNU tool chain, examples, etc…)


Target group: 

Standard HPC users, with recommended, but not required some knowledge in Tibidabo architecture.

Level: ITERMEDIATE: for trainees with some theoretical and practical knowledge (All courses are designed for specialists with at least finished 1st cycle degree)


The course will take place in
Barcelona Supercomputing Centre,
within the UPC Campus Nord premises,
Vertex building, room 214.

How to arrive?: 

From the Airport: Barcelona airport is at 12 Km from the city. More information about Barcelona’s airport: You can arrive with different transport methods from the airport to BSC:

By taxi
In T1, you will find a taxi stand in the arrivals zone (P0) and in the Barcelona-Madrid air corridor; in T2, opposite terminals T2A, T2B and T2C. If they are available, they will show a green light with the text LIBRE or LLIURE (it means “available”). You can check fees at

By car
If you rent a car from the airport (T1), please leave “El Prat del Llobregat” and take C-32B. Continue along this route and head towards Ronda de Dalt / Lleida / Girona. Close to Barcelona, take route C-32 passing close to Cornellà del Llobregat and L’Hospitalet. Take B-20 and take Exit 10 called “Carretera d'Esplugues”. Take the street called “carrer del Gran Capità” and turn left towards Jordi Girona street.

By train
There is a Renfe suburban train. The airport station is situated opposite of terminal T2, and is connected to this terminal via an airbridge. There is also a Bus transit service between the Rail station and T1. From the airport to Barcelona Sants there is approximately 20 minutes journey. From this station, take the L3 (green line) in direction to “Zona Universitaria” and get off on the “Palau Reial” stop. You will have a 5-minutes walking distance to arrive to BSC. (

By Bus (Aerobus)

Airport stops: Bus stops at Terminal T1 and T2 (A, B, C) 

Downtown stops: This line ends at Plaça Catalunya (city center). Once there, you may take L3 of the underground to "Palau Reial" or "Zona Universitaria" stations.

From the City Centre: Campus Nord of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is located at the North-West corner of the city, at the end of the Green Line (L3) of the underground. In order to reach the Campus by public transport, it is advisable to use the underground. There are two stations near to the Campus, “Zona Universitària” and “Palau Reial”, both on L3.


There is no registration fee. The attendees would need to cover the expenses for travel, accommodation and meals.


The trainees are expected to come with their own laptop with a SSH client.

Contact Us: 

prace [at] bsc [dot] es (CONTACT US) for further details about MSc, PhD, Post Doc studies, exchanges and collaboration in education and training with BSC.

For further details about Postgraduate Studies in UPC - Barcelona School of Informatics (FiB), visit the website.


If you want to learn more about PRACE Project, visit the website.