SIGHPC Systems Professionals


July 11th 8:30am-noon

Boston, MA

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.

 Invited Speakers

The following speakers will be presenting:

  • System administration for regulated research data and workflows: The landscape of HPC has evolved over the past 50 years with a shift from hardware to software and then to people. Now data science and analytics with AI methods requires processing data on HPC systems that must meet legal and regulatory compliance requiements. The talk will address the system administration impacts of this evolution. Presented by Erik Deumens, Director of UF Information Technology Research Computing at University of Florida
  • Data Center Design - From SP to DLC: The last 20 years has seen a move in HPC which has enabled a huge growth in density of systems, from 3KW to over 40KW per rack. This has caused a needed change from zone-based cooling with CRACs and 120/208V power to water to the server and 415V power. I will look at where we came from, and what we are doing today to fit next generation technology into a 1960s data center. Presented by Patrick Finnegan, Data Center Architect at Purdue University


Time (PDT)TitlePresenter
8:30-8:40amOpening remarks
  • John Blaas, NCAR
  • David Clifton, ANSYS
  • 8:40-9:20amSystem administration for regulated research data and workflowsErik Deumens, UFL
    9:20-10:00amData Center Design - From SP to DLCPatrick Finnegan, Purdue
    10:30-11:25amOpen Discussion / Site Reports / Lightning Talks
    11:25-11:30amClosing Remarks
  • John Blaas, NCAR
  • David Clifton, ANSYS
  •  Organizing Committee

    John BlaasNCAR
    David CliftonANSYS
    Jenett TillotsonNCAR
    John LegatoNational Heart Lung and Blood Institute
    Chris PhillipsPurdue University

     Contact Information

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