Details for participants

Repeat courses

We will teach three repeat courses: bash, HPC, and machine learning. These have been added to the program. Everyone on the waitlist will be emailed the Zoom session details. If you are interested in attending one of the repeat courses, please join the waitlist using this link (click Register and use your institutional email address).


Please register using this page, with your institutional email address (not a personal/gmail account – we will only be sending the Zoom session details to institutional emails). Researchers, students, and staff members at Canadian post-secondary institutions and other research organizations can register for our school. Researchers of all disciplines and skill levels are welcome to participate.

Some courses may require some pre-requisite knowledge. Please see the notes below and check the course descriptions in the program for more details. Note that the course materials are still developed and will be completed in time for each course.


In many courses, the format will be self-paced learning (mix of reading materials, pre-recorded videos, takeaway exercises) and live Zoom sessions with the instructors. To simplify logistics, we will not have parallel courses – everything will be in a single track. Few most popular courses will repeat towards the end (to be scheduled later, based on the registration numbers).

Online learning will be accompanied by short (1-1.5 hours) hands-on Zoom sessions; their number and length will be determined by each instructor. Note that our Zoom sessions will be limited to 100 participants. We do not expect more than 100 actual attendees in any single session, however, to be on the safe side, we suggest logging in a little bit early. The room number and password of each Zoom session will be emailed to all registrants (institutional Canadian emails only) in each course. Before each Zoom session, all participants must read/watch the required materials. In Zoom sessions we will guide participants through a series of hands-on exercises based on the reviewed material.

Several courses will not follow this format and will be live Zoom lectures without any pre-recorded content.

A base-level knowledge of Linux is required for all courses, and this can be achieved by attending the Bash course in Week 1.

Zoom details

Zoom links will be sent to all registered institutional email addresses in each course several business days prior to the day of the course. If you haven’t received your Zoom link information by the end of the week before the course, check your Junk or Spam filters to ensure your email program hasn’t incorrectly filtered the message from your inbox.

Time zone

Please note that all live Zoom session times follow the Pacific Daylight Time or UTC-07:00.

Cluster accounts

All academic participants are encouraged (but not required) to obtain a Compute Canada account. To register for a free Compute Canada account, click here. We will also be providing guest accounts.

Tips for using Zoom

We suggest that all participants use a dual-screen setup if possible: presenter’s materials on one screen, your workspace on another. We also suggest to use a good headset/microphone and to mute yourself during sessions unless asking a question.

Software debugging sessions

Please note that we will NOT be debugging software installations during the actual Zoom sessions as this will be done in special debugging sessions: several on Monday May-25, and a number of software debugging sessions for selected courses. If you require assistance with software, please consider attending a debugging session, but please be prepared to share your screen with the problem: it will help us help you and help others with similar issues. Once again, these debugging sessions are not considered part of any course, and only participants with technical difficulties should attend them.


We will issue certificates listing the courses each participant has attended in full. A course is considered attended in full when a participant attends and participates in all exercises in all Zoom sessions in that course (debugging sessions do not count).