HPC Systems Professionals Workshop


November 2017, Denver, CO

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Held in conjunction with SC17

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis


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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 all who face problems that are specific to high performance systems.

The Systems Professionals Workshop intends to be a platform for discussing the unique challenges that come from supporting large-scale, high performance systems. We are soliciting submissions that speak directly to the state of the practice of standing up and operating high performance systems with an emphasis on solutions that can be implemented by systems staff at other institutions.

After a successful first workshop last year, we are planning the 2017 version. The workshop will be Monday, November 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

 Keynote Speaker

Greg Kurtzer, Singularity

Singularity is a container technology which is widely supported by HPC centers and service providers because it facilitates extreme mobility of compute via verifiable, trusted container images. This talk will cover a high level view of Singularity, usage and deployment information (including security, administration and capabilities).

Greg Kurtzer is the CEO and Founder of SingularityWare, HPC Architect at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and creator of Centos Linux and Warewulf.

 Call for Papers

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 Second 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. Submissions are encouraged that discuss all aspects of HPC systems design, implementation, maintenance, and security.

Download our Call for Papers Flyer. Submissions are via EasyChair.


9:00 AM9:20 AMWelcome
9:20 AM9:40 AM Automated System Health and Performance Benchmarking Platform: High Performance Computing Test Harness with Jenkin
9:40 AM10:00 AM Improving the Start-Up Time of Python Applications on Large Scale HPC Systems
10:00 AM10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM11:30 AM Filesystem Panel
11:30 AM11:50 AM Panel Q&A
11:50 AM12:10 PM A Summary of the Workshop on Training and Sustaining Research Computing Systems Professionals - A Path to a Profession (Pre-print link)
12:10 PM12:30 PM Linux Clusters Institute Workshops: Building the HPC and Research Computing Systems Professionals Workforce
12:30 PM1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM2:20 PM Singularity: Greg Kurtzer
2:20 PM2:40 PM There and Back Again: A Case Study of Configuration Management of HPC
2:40 PM3:00 PM Lessons from the IBM Blue Gene Series of Supercomputers
3:00 PM3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM4:00 PM Lightning Talks
4:00 PM5:00 PM Open Discusssion
5:00 PM5:30 PM SIGHPC-SYSPROS Chapter Meeting

 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.

Example paper ideas might be:


Workshop Proposal SubmissionFebruary 5, 2017
Paper Submission DeadlineSeptember 10, 2017
Paper Acceptance NotificationsSeptember 30, 2017
Lightning Talk DeadlineOctober 27, 2017
Camera ready papersOctober 6, 2017
WorkshopNovember 13, 2017 (9:00 AM to 5:30 PM)

 Organizing Committee

ChairRandy HerbanMicrosoft
Vice ChairJenett TillotsonIndiana University
Program Committee ChairAlex YountsPurdue University
Organizing Committee William ScullinArgonne
Isaac TraxlerLSU
David CliftonAnsys
Paul PeltzLos Alamos

 Program Committee

Siddharth BhatiaBITS Pilani
John BlaasCU Boulder
Brett BodeUniversity of Illinois
Matt EzellOak Ridge National Laboratory
Sharan KalwaniMichigan State
David KingNCSA
Honwai LeongNCSA
Scott McMillanNVidia
Jeff RaymondUniversity of Pittsburgh
Mike RequaMicrosoft
Randy SchauerRaytheon Company
Andy SydelkoPurdue
Jenett TillotsonIndiana University

 Contact Information

Please send email to hpcsyspros.