SIGHPC Systems Professionals Workshop


Friday November 13, 2020

Atlanta, GA (virtual)

Held in conjunction with

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 Quick Information

Supercomputing systems present complex challenges to personnel who design, deploy and maintain these systems. Standing up these systems and keeping them running require novel solutions that are unique to high performance computing. The success of any supercomputing center depends on stable and reliable systems, and HPC Systems Professionals are crucial to that success.

The Fifth Annual HPC Systems Professionals Workshop will bring together systems administrators, systems architects, and systems analysts in order to share best practices, discuss cutting-edge technologies, and advance the state-of-the-practice for HPC systems. This CFP requests that participants submit either papers, slide presentations, or 5-minute Lightning Talk proposals along with reproducible artifacts (code segments, test suites, configuration management templates) which can be made available to the community for use.

 Call for Participation

NOTE: Our workshop this year is scheduled for Monday morning, November 16. Please plan your travel accordingly so you can join us!

Paper submissions are open. Check out our Call for Participation. Please send our CfP to any interested parties. Submissions are via the SC20 submission site.

 Topics of Interest

Here are some topics of interest for this group. Note that these are here to indicate direction, not to disallow other related topics.

  • Cluster, configuration, or software management
  • Performance tuning/Benchmarking
  • Resource manager and job scheduler configuration
  • Monitoring/Mean-time-to-failure/ROI/Resource utilization
  • Virtualization/Clouds
  • Designing and troubleshooting HPC interconnects
  • Designing and maintaining HPC storage solutions
  • Cybersecurity and data protection
  • Cluster storage

Example paper ideas might be:

  • Best practices for job scheduler configuration
  • Advantages of cluster automation
  • Managing software on HPC clusters


Workshop Submissions OpenApril 29, 2020
Workshop Submission Close September 9, 2020
Reviews SentSeptember 18, 2020
Acceptance NotificationOctober 2, 2020

 Organizing Committee

Workshop ChairMatt BidwellNational Renewable Energy Laboratory
Program ChairGary Jackson Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Organizing Committee
John BlaasUniversity of Colorado Boulder
David Clifton Ansys
Stephen Lien HarrellTexas Advanced Comptuing Center
John LegatoNational Institutes of Health
Kurt MaierPacific Northwest National Laboratory
William ScullinLaboratory for Laser Energetics
Jenett TillotsonNational Center for Atmospheric Research

 Publication Information

All accepted papers and artifacts will be published on GitHub and archived with a DOI in Zenodo. You can view last years accepted papers here HPCSYSPROS SC19 Workshop Proceedings

 Contact Information

If you need to contact us, send email to SIGHPC SYSPROS.