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Bioinformatics Training and Education Program

january, 2023

24jan(jan 24)1:00 pm14feb(feb 14)3:00 pmIntroduction to Unix on BiowulfMeeting Link


Event Details

Welcome to BTEP’s Introduction to Unix on Biowulf course series. We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 2 pm (starting January 24, 2023) to learn how to work in the Unix command line environment on Biowulf. We will meet for a total of seven classes, with the last class taking place on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. This course series will be held online through Webex. Following a 1-hour lesson (1 pm to 2 pm), we will host a 1-hour (2 pm to 3 pm) optional help session.

This course series is meant for those with little to no experience in working on Unix command line or Biowulf; thus, you do not need to have a Biowulf account to participate. However, you will need your government furnished computer and a connection to the NIH network either on-campus or through VPN. You will not need to install anything for this class.

The ability to work in Unix command line is important because many bioinformatics applications are designed to work on a Unix based system; therefore, the ability to work in the Unix environment is important for those wishing to pursue bioinformatics work. Biowulf is the high-performance compute cluster at NIH and runs the Unix command line environment at is core. Many applications used in bioinformatics are installed on Biowulf and together, with its computational power makes it an ideal platform for bioinformatics.

Please fill out this survey when registering to let us know if you have a Biowulf account:

By registering for this class, you are registering for ALL sessions of the class. You do not need to register separately for every session.

Course dates:

January 24, 2023 (Tuesday)
January 26, 2023 (Thursday)
January 31, 2023 (Tuesday)
February 2, 2023 (Thursday)
February 7, 2023 (Tuesday)
February 9, 2023 (Thursday)
February 14, 2023 (Tuesday)

Topics to be covered:

Logging into Biowulf from our local computer
Navigating the Biowulf environment
Working with files and directories
Useful Unix commands
Downloading data
Introducing Biowulf applications for working with sequencing data

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January 24 (Tuesday) 1:00 pm - February 14 (Tuesday) 3:00 pm




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