Essentials Level Course Content

The DiRAC Essentials Level Training (Formerly the Driving Licence), is a basic introduction to the principles of HPC and the tools needed to work on an HPC system. The training will help you to develop the skills required to meet your research and user needs and allow you to utilise DiRAC’s HPC systems effectively. The course focuses on the core skills, from basic connection to a system, through to laying the foundation for developing robust, high quality code.

Course Content


Essentials Level Test Round: 2019/20

The Essentials Level training culminates in a short on-line test – the training material provided covers all aspects of HPC competency that are included in the test.

The Essentials Level Test is mandatory for those who are studying for advanced degrees, such as M.Sc. and Ph.D., and those employed as Post-Doctoral Research Assistants/Associates who have less than two years HPC experience.

The 2019/20 Test round will launch on 15th November 2019.  

Eligible Users will have three months to complete the Test.  

The round will close on 14th February 2020.

Results will be sent to Users by the end of March 2020. 


The DiRAC Essentials Level Training has been developed with support of The Software Sustainability Institute and Software Carpentry.