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OSG User School 2018

Could you transform your research with vast amounts of computing?

Come spend a week at the beautiful University of Wisconsin–Madison and learn how.

During the school, July 9–13, you will learn to use high-throughput computing (HTC) systems — at your own campus or using the national Open Science Grid (OSG) — to run large-scale computing applications that are at the heart of today’s cutting-edge science. Through lectures, discussions, and lots of hands-on activities with experienced OSG staff, you will learn how HTC systems work, how to run and manage lots of jobs and huge datasets to implement a scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for more information and help. Take a look at the high-level curriculum and syllabus for more details.

The school is ideal for graduate students in any science or research domain where large-scale computing is a vital part of the research process, plus we will consider applications from advanced undergraduates, post-doctoral students, faculty, and staff. Students accepted to this program will receive financial support for basic travel and local costs associated with the School.

NEW: For an excellent overview of the kinds of science that has taken advantage of High Throughput Computing, see this talk by OSG’s Rob Gardner from the OSG All-Hands Meeting in March, 2018.


Applications are now closed. We received a record number of applications this year, so thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic interest!

If still needed, have someone email a letter of recommendation for you to (any reasonable format is fine; we like PDF or plain text best). Ask someone who knows you professionally — ideally a faculty member or other supervisor. They should clearly identify your name and the “OSG User School 2018” in the subject line and letter, so that we can associate your application and letter.

We plan to review applications by late April and invite students by early May or so. We will contact all applicants once decisions have been made. Thank you for your patience!

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The OSG User School is part of the OSG Outreach Area — please visit that site to learn about other OSG Outreach activities.

If you have any questions about the School, the application process, or anything else, feel free to email us:

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