Inaugural HPC Systems Professionals Workshop


November 14, 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Held in conjunction with SC16.

 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.

We will be presenting the Inaugural HPC Systems Professionals Workshop at SC 16 on Monday afternoon (November 14, 2016).

 Invited Paper: HPC Systems Acceptance: Controlled Chaos

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Paul Peltz

System acceptance is critical when deploying HPC resources from small clusters to large supercomputers. Each type of system has its own challenges and having a well established and proven test, acceptance, and integration plan is an invaluable tool to the site and the vendor. The topic of systems acceptance is quite broad. This talk will be mostly focused on the system?s software and hardware components.

Paul Peltz is a Scalable Systems Engineer in the High Performance Computing Division at Los Alamos National Laboratories where he helps procure, test, and integrate the new HPC systems into production. He has almost 20 years of experience collaborating with vendors to evaluate and integrate pre-release hardware and software. Currently he is the systems technical lead on the Trinity project and is actively working with Cray to deploy their largest XC system to date, a 110 cabinet XC40 named Trinity.


StartEndDescription Slides
2:00 PM2:05Welcome
2:05 PM3:00 PMPanel Discussion: Recruiting and Professional Development of HPC Systems Professionals
3:00 PM3:30 PMBreak
3:30 PM3:50 PMInvited Paper: HPC Systems Acceptance: Controlled Chaos by Paul Peltz Slides(pdf)
4:00 PM4:15 PMPaper: Account Management on Large-Scale HPC by Brett Bode Slides(pptx)
4:20 PM4:35 PMPaper: Cluster Computing with OpenHPC by Karl Schulz Slides(pdf)
4:40 PM4:55 PMPaper: Increasing HPC Resiliency Leads to Greater Productivity by Roger Moye Slides(pdf)
5:00 PM5:15 PMPaper: Blue Waters Resource Management and Job Scheduling Best Practices by Jeremy Enos Slides(pptx)
5:20 PM5:30 PMWrap Up
Panel Members
Karl SchulzIntelPhD
Dane SkowUniversity of WyomingPhD
Paul BrennerNotre DamePhD
Andree JacobsonNew Mexico ConsortiumMS

 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:


 Organizing Committee

ChairRandy HerbanPurdue University
Vice ChairIsaac TraxlerLSU HPC
Program Committee ChairJenett TillotsonIndiana University
Organizing Committee William Scullin
Stephen Lien Harrell
Robert Ping
Prentice Bisbal
Henry Neeman
Argonne National Laboratory
Purdue University
Indiana University
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
University of Oklahoma

 Program Committee

Brett BodeNCSA
Matt EzellOak Ridge National Labs
Pat FinneganPurdue University
Stephen HarrellPurdue University
Randy HerbanPurdue University
Sharan KalwaniMichigan State University
HonWai LeongIBM/NCSA
Scott McMillanNVIDIA
Henry NeemanUniversity of Oklahoma
Jeff RaymondUniversity of Pittsburgh
Randy SchauerRatheon
Jenett TillotsonIndiana University
Isaac TraxlerLSU HPC
George TurnerIndiana University

Call for Papers

The Call for papers is live. We are looking for papers related to HPC admining. Our submission deadline has been extended to August 26th, 2016.

 Contact Information

Please send email to hpcsyspros.