A+ A A-

Introductory Programming School 2017

We regret to inform you that applications for the 2017 Programming School has already closed. 

The next school will take place in 2018.

A full-week Introductory Scientific Programming School for

Science and Engineering students who wish to advance their skills in Linux (Ubuntu) and Python Programming language.


15 22 January 2017


Hosted by

the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)


The CHPC invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to attend the above Basic Scientific Programming Course to introduce students registered with High Education Institutions in South Africa to Linux (Ubuntu) and Python programming course.

The Introductory Scientific Programming School is aimed at final year B.Sc. or B.Eng. and postgraduate students in the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, applied mathematics, biology, bioinformatics, computer science and engineering without a prior or sound knowledge of Linux (Ubuntu) and Python programming language. The Basic programming School will run from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 January 2011 at Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HarTRAO) located west of Johannesburg (http://www.hartrao.ac.za/ ).

The course syllabus will cover:


Full 2 day on introduction to Linux (Ubuntu) on the following topics: Overview of Ubuntu Linux Desktop; Running commands and Getting Help; Browsing the file system; the bash shell; Standard I/O and Pipe; Users, Groups and Permissions; vi and vim Editor basics; the Linux Filesystem In-Depth; Advanced Topics in Users; Groups and Permissions; Printing; Introduction to String Processing; String Processing with Regular Expressions; Finding and Processing Files; and Investigating and Managing Processes. Introduction to PBS Pro and job submission at CHPC.


Full 4 days on Introduction to Python Programming on the following topics: Python basics, Python Objects, Numbers, Sequences, Dictionaries, Conditional and Loops, Files and Input/Output, Error and Exceptions.


The course is structured in such a way that students will spend all the time in computer laboratory and the course is more hands-on practical. Students will learn by doing!


Students need to have second year mathematics or applied mathematics and basic computer skills. Background of basic scientific programming skills will be an advantage.

There are no fees for successful applicants. The CHPC will cover cost for travel and accommodation of students selected to attend the school.

Should you wish to attend the CHPC Basic Scientific Programming School kindly complete this registration form.

Due to budgetary reasons, only limited places are available for suitably qualified students.



18h00, 31 October 2016


Should you wish to become one of the participants, please

click here to apply 

before the closing date.

Successful candidates will be notified by 02 December 2016.


The CHPC calls for all talented students to submit their applications. As public funded institutions, the CHPC supports the transformation of South Africa and thus the School organisers highly encourage students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to submit their applications. For general enquiries please contact Dr. Daniel M Moeketsi. Tel no.: 021 658 3961/2740 and e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2016 11:58

Hits: 2326

Upcoming workshops

CHPC Winter School - Durban: 2-7 July 2018

CHPC Basic Computer Hardware Workshop for schools - Cape Town: 9-13 July 2018

CHPC Coding Sensitising Workshop for schools - Cape Town: 1-5 October 2018

CHPC Summer Programming School - North West University: 13-20 January 2019


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:44

Hits: 19483

CHPC in the News

CHPC SAGrid Cluster Available

Documentation for users:

Dirisa Storage Unit Available

Lengau Cluster Available

Social Share

FacebookTwitterGoogle BookmarksLinkedin

Website developed by Multidimensions