Fenix online tutorial: Virtual Machine services

20 Oct 2020
Place: Online


*IMPORTANT UPDATE*: We have now reached the maximum number of registered participants, so the registration has been closed. For the ones that would like to be added to the waiting list for the next VM tutorial, please contact us at: icei-pie@bsc.es.

We are happy to announce the Fenix Research Infrastructure online tutorial on Virtual Machine services that takes place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, instructed by Alex Upton (CSCS). This is a repetition of our first tutorial that took place in July 2020 and was quite popular. Read all the details and register below.

Important note: You need to use an institutional email address to register for this tutorial. Personal email addresses will not be accepted.

Date and Time: Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 15:00-16:00 CEST

Cost: Free of charge

Registration (Closes on Friday 16 October): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0cOzUbHrSUyrXOiXV1bDLw

Available places: 15 (Additional registrants will be added to a waiting list for a potential repetition of this tutorial)

Instructor: Alex Upton (CSCS)

Description: In this tutorial, participants will get a hands-on introduction to the Pollux OpenStack service using the Horizon web interface. Each participant will be provided with a course account giving them access to the Pollux service, allowing them to recreate the steps outlined in the tutorial. By the end of the tutorial, participants should be familiar with the process of accessing and launching Virtual Machines (VMs), and also how to remotely access VMs using ssh. Note that in advance of the tutorial participants should ensure that ssh is correctly setup on their laptop.

Who should attend?

  • HPC infrastructure users
  • Neuroscientists
  • Platform developers/owners

Main takeaways

  • How to use the Horizon web GUI to access Pollux service
  • Configuring and launching VMs
  • Remotely accessing VMs using key pair and ssh


  • Brief introduction to Pollux OpenStack service
  • Accessing Pollux service via web interface
  • Overview of resources consumed/available
  • Creating a key pair
  • Launching instance
  • Associating floating IP
  • Remotely accessing VM using ssh


All places have now been covered. For the ones that would like to be added to the waiting list for the next VM tutorial, please contact us at: icei-pie@bsc.es.

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Fenix has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through the ICEI project under the grant agreement No. 800858.