[hpc-announce] Call for participation: HUST-14, First International Workshop on HPC User Support Tools in conjunction with SC14

Kenneth Hoste kenneth.hoste at ugent.be
Thu May 15 01:28:37 CDT 2014

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Call for participation

HUST-14:  First International Workshop on HPC User Support Tools.

Held in conjunction with SC14: The International Conference on High
Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.

New Orleans, LA, USA on 21 November 2014.


Researchers pushing the boundaries of science and technology are an
existential reason for supercomputing centres. In order to be productive,
they heavily depend on HPC support teams, who often struggle to
adequately support the researchers.

Recent surveys have pointed out that there is an abundant lack
of collaboration between HPC support teams all around the world, even though
they are frequently facing very similar problems in order to provide end
users with the tools and services they require.

The first International Workshop on HPC User Support Tools (HUST-14) aims to
bring together all parties involved, i.e., system administrators, user
support team members, tool developers, policy makers and end users, to discuss
these issues and bring forward solutions, either existing ones or new ones
the community should come up with. The workshop provides a platform to
present tools, share best practices and exchange ideas that help streamline
HPC user support. This in turn can prevent HPC support teams from re-inventing
(existing) solutions time and again.

For more information, please see the HUST-14 website [1]


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- defining and customising the user environment
- software build and installation tools
- performance analysis tools
- workflow and pipeline tools
- novel environments: cloud, etc.
- supporting Hadoop or other Big Data tools and frameworks
- establishing baseline configuration efforts for HPC
- software development/system testing
- documentation: creating, maintaining and updating


We invite authors to submit original, high-quality work with sufficient
background material to be clear to the HPC community. Papers should be
submitted in PDF format and should not exceed 10 pages including tables,
figures and appendices, but excluding references. They should be formatted
according to the standard SC14 format, i.e., the double-column IEEE format for
Conference Proceedings (IEEEtran LaTeX Class (template) V1.8 packages and
IEEEtran V1.12 BibTeX (bibliography)). Similar to the SC14 policy, margins and
font sizes should not be modified. We kindly refer authors to the necessary
templates [2].

All submissions should be made electronically through the Easychair website [3].
Submissions must be double blind, i.e., authors should remove their names,
institutions or hints found in references to earlier work. When discussing past work,
they need to refer to themselves in the third person, as if they were discussing
another researcher's work. Furthermore, authors must identify any conflict of
interest with the PC chair or PC members.

Proceedings will be published in both IEEE Xplore and the ACM Digital library
through collaboration with ACM SIGHPC.

Important dates

- Call for papers: Wednesday May 14th 2014
- Submission open: Sunday June 1st 2014
- Workshop papers due: Sunday August 10th 2014 (23:59 AOE)
- Notification of acceptance: Wednesday October 1st 2014
- Camera-ready papers due: Monday October 13th 2014
- Workshop date: Friday November 21st 2014


- Christopher Bording, iVEC, Australia
- Andy Georges, HPC Infrastructure Unit at Ghent University, Belgium
- Kenneth Hoste, HPC Infrastructure Unit at Ghent University, Belgium

### General Chair

Christopher Bording

### Program Chair

Andy Georges

### Program Committee

- Jordi Blasco, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), New Zealand
- Christopher Bording, iVEC, Australia
- Koen De Bosschere, Ghent University & HiPEAC network of excellence, Belgium
- Todd Gamblin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), USA
- Markus Geimer, Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Germany
- Vera Hansper, Victorian Life Sciences Computing Initiative (VLSCI), Australia
- Kenneth Hoste, HPC Infrastucture Unit at Ghent University, Belgium
- Olli-Pekka Lehto, CSC --- IT Center for Science Ltd, Finland
- John Linford, ParaTools, USA
- Robert McLay, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), USA
- Dane Skow (Dane Skow Associates), USA


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