Introduction to Ada


This short course covers a variety of topics relevant to computing on the Ada cluster, demonstrated through a live login session. The topics include, but are not limited to, basic system information, compiling and running programs, as well as batch processing. Use of the batch system will be demonstrated with real-time examples.

Course Materials

Presentation slides

The presentation slides are available as downloadable PDF files.

  • Introduction to Ada (Fall 2017): PDF
  • Introduction to Ada (Spring 2017): PDF

Further Reading

The material presented in the short course is referenced from the Ada User Guide.


This course focuses, among others, on the following topics:

Introduction to Ada

  • Usage Policies
  • Brief Introduction to Parallel Computing
  • Hardware Overview of Ada
  • Accessing Ada
    • File Transfers with Ada
    • File systems and User Directories
  • Computing Environment
    • Application Modules
    • Software
    • Development Environment - Toolchains
  • Compiling and Running Application Codes
    • Development Environment on Ada
  • Upcoming Programming Short Courses
  • Batch Processing on Ada
    • Batch Queues
    • Consumable Computing Resources
    • Batch Job Files
      • Mapping Job Requirements to Cluster Resources
      • Example Job Files
    • Job Submission and Monitoring
    • Debug job failures
    • Service Units (SU)
    • Job Environment Variables
    • Concurrent Program Execution in Jobs via tamulauncher
  • Common Problems
  • Need Help?

Note: During the class sessions many aspects of the material will be illustrated live via a login to Ada. Attendees are welcome to follow these parts with their own laptops. They will need to configure their laptops to use the TAMULink wireless network. Relevant details on this can be found at:

You are encouraged to contact the HPRC helpdesk with any questions regarding Ada.