SIGHPC Systems Professionals Workshop


Sunday, November 14 9am-5pm

Virtually and in person St. Louis, MO

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 Sixth 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 Sunday, November 14, 2021. 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 SC21 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
  • Cybersecurity and data protection
  • Performance tuning/Benchmarking
  • Resource manager and job scheduler configuration
  • Monitoring/Mean-time-to-failure/ROI/Resource utilization
  • HPC storage solutions
  • Composable infrastructure and containers
  • Elastic workloads or optimizations for workload types
  • Virtualization/Clouds
  • Web-based cluster front ends
  • Designing and troubleshooting HPC interconnects

Example paper ideas might be:

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


Workshop Submissions OpenMay 10, 2021
Workshop Submission Close September 17, 2021
Reviews SentOctober 1, 2021
Acceptance NotificationOctober 8, 2021

 Organizing Committee

Workshop ChairJohn BlaasNational Center for Atmospheric Research
Program ChairJeremy Enos National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Organizing Committee
Matt BidwellNational Renewable Energy Laboratory
Todd Evans Texas Advanced Computing Center
Stephen Lien HarrellTexas Advanced Comptuing Center
Brian HaymoreUniversity of Utah
Betsy HilleryPurdue University
Adam HoughShell
Andy HowardMicrosoft
Jenett TillotsonNational Center for Atmospheric Research

 Program Committee

Benjamin AllanSandia National Laboratory
Mark DaltonLambda Labs Inc.
Tina DeclerckLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Matthew EzellOak Ridge National Laboratory
Karen FernslerLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Joshi FullopLos Alamos National Laboratory
James GlasgowIllinois University
Bilel HadriKAUST
David KingUniversity of Illinois
Mark Klein Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
Stephen Leak Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hon Wai LeongDDN
Alex YountsPurdue University

 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 SC20 Workshop Proceedings

 Contact Information

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