Birds of a Feather
HPC System Professionals Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather
TimeWednesday, July 255pm - 6pm
LocationBenedum Room
DescriptionIn 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 directly.

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 BoF is designed to share solutions to common problems, provide a platform to discuss upcoming technologies, and 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 BoF is affiliated with the systems professionals chapter of ACM SIGHPC (SIGHPC SYSPROS) and this session would serve as an opportunity to discuss this newly formed chapter, the chapter’s yearly workshop held at SC, and how our community can best capture our profession’s knowledge.