SIGHPC Systems Professionals


Monday, July 27, 2020

8:00am to Noon PDT

Portland, OR

Held in conjunction with

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 Quick Information

In order to meet the demands of high-performance computing (HPC) researchers, large-scale computational and storage machines require many staff members who design, install, and maintain these systems. These HPC systems professionals include system engineers, system administrators, network administrators, storage administrators and operations staff who face problems that are unique to high performance computing systems. While many conferences exist for the HPC field and the system administration field, none exist that focus on the needs of HPC systems professionals. Support resources can be difficult to find to help with the issues encountered in this specialized field. Often times, systems staff turn to the community as a support resource and opportunities to strengthen and grow those relationships are highly beneficial.

This Symposium is designed to share solutions to common problems, provide a platform to discuss upcoming technologies, and to present state of the practice techniques so that HPC centers will get a better return on their investment, increase performance and reliability of systems, and researchers will be more productive. Additionally, this Symposium is affiliated with the systems professionals' chapter of the ACM SIGHPC (SIGHPC SYSPROS Virtual ACM Chapter). This session would serve as an opportunity for chapter members to meet face-to-face, discuss the chapter's yearly workshop held at SC, and continue building our community's shared knowledge base. For more information, check out our upcoming activities.

 Archived presentations

Archived Presentations


We will have a panel on HPC Facilities Mangement. The panel will include:

  • Michael Kercher, Computing Facilities Engineer, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Stuart Midgley, Systems Architect, DownUnder GeoSolutions
  • Patrick Finnegan, Hardware Engineer, Purdue University


Time (PDT)TitlePresenter
8:00-8:20amOpening remarks
8:20-8:50amModern Cyberinfrastructure: The Ladder to the Shoulders Of GiantsEli Dart, ESnet
9:00-10:00amPanel: Facilities Management
  • Michael Kercher, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Stuart Midgley, DownUnder GeoSolutions
  • Patrick Finnegan, Purdue University
  • 10:00-10:30amBreak
    10:30-11:00amSlurm REST APINathan Rini, SchedMD
    11:00-11:30amDeploying Summit: Struggles, Successes and InnovationsDon Maxwell, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    11:30-NoonOpen Discussion: Success/war stories and pain points in the community

     Organizing Committee

    John BlaasUniversity of Colorado Boulder
    Jenett TillotsonNCAR
    Stephen FralichBoeing
    Stephen Lien HarrellTACC
    John LegatoNIH
    Kurt MaierPNNL
    Chuck SchwarzPurdue University
    William ScullinLaboratory for Laser Energetics

     Contact Information

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