[hpc-announce] Call For Papers: HPCSYSPROS Workshop @ SC21

John Blaas jblaas at ucar.edu
Tue Aug 3 11:04:55 CDT 2021

HPC Systems Professionals Workshop (HPCSYSPROS21

Call For Papers, Artifacts, and Lightning Talks

Held in conjunction with SC21 <https://sc21.supercomputing.org/>: The
International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking,
Storage, and Analysis.

Workshop Website:  https://sighpc-syspros.org/workshops/2021

Submission Website:

Important Dates

Submissions Open - NOW

Submission Closed - September 17th

Submissions Reviewed - October 1st

Notifications for Accepted program material - October 8th

Supercomputing systems present complex challenges to personnel who design,
deploy and maintain these systems. Standing up these systems and keeping
them running requires 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 Sixth Annual HPC Systems Professionals Workshop will bring
together HPC systems staff in order to share best practices, discuss
cutting-edge technologies, and advance the state-of-the-practice
for HPC systems.  This CFP requests that participants submit papers, slide
presentations, or 5-minute Lightning Talk proposals along with relevant
artifacts (code segments, test suites, configuration management templates).
Artifacts are not required, but highly encouraged.
Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

   - Cluster configuration and software management
   - Cybersecurity and data protection
   - Performance tuning and benchmarking
   - Monitoring, Mean-time-to-failure, ROI or Resource utilization
   - Resource manager and job scheduler configuration
   - HPC storage solutions
   - Composable infrastructure and containers
   - Elastic workloads or optimizations for workload types (e.g.,
   bioinformatics, new-user cases)
   - Web-based cluster front ends
   - User interference detection and mitigation methods for shared resources

All topics are expected to have an emphasis on HPC.
Submission Information

Authors are invited to submit original, high-quality papers, presentations,
and artifacts with an emphasis on solutions that can be implemented by
other members of the HPC systems community.  All submissions should be in
PDF format.  As appropriate to the material, papers should be between 2 and
8 pages including tables, figures and appendices, but excluding
references.  Slide decks should consist of less than 30 slides.  Lightning
Talks should be submitted as a 1-2 paragraph abstract for a talk of
approximately 5 minutes in length. Artifact descriptions should be 1-2
pages.  All submissions should be formatted according to the SC Proceedings
template <https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template>. Per SC
policy, margins and font sizes should not be modified. Papers submitted
with an artifact are required to have an appended artifact descriptor as a
part of the requirements for reproducibility. For the proceedings, all
submissions that are accepted into the program for the workshop will be
published and archived on the workshop github repo and materials uploaded
to Zenodo for creation of DOI. To view last year’s proceedings please
visit: https://github.com/HPCSYSPROS/Workshop20


Artifact is a term for digital non-prose files that support your paper. For
instance, they could be a code segment, test suite, configuration
management templates, diagrams, etc. that can be used by the reader to
demonstrate concepts, workflows, or utilities that are shown in the
associated submission.

   - Architecture Descriptions could include an interesting network,
   storage or system architecture, or a hybrid thereof at a data-center level.
   It would be documented by multiple diagrams describing the architecture and
   a four page description of the architecture and why it is interesting.
   - Small Middleware or Systems Software could include an artifact of code
   such as a Bash or Python Script. Additionally, there should be strong
   documentation that would make the artifact reproducible and a two page
   abstract additional to the artifact and documentation.
   - System Configuration and Configuration Management could include
   interesting configuration or configuration management and the interactions
   between multiple configured applications. Examples of this may be a Puppet
   module, a config file that helps do something interesting, or more likely a
   group of config files and configuration management. Documentation for
   reproducing the artifact on a system as well as a two page abstract would
   be required.

We will also accept proposals for different types of artifacts from those
that have been listed. If there is a type of artifact that is not listed
that is a high-quality artifact with an emphasis on reproducibility and
implementation, we invite you to propose it to the committee. If the
committee agrees, we will amend the CFP to reflect the new artifact and the
requirements for the artifact.

We will use Linklings for all submissions to the workshop, and we will use
the review system in Linklings for all feedback.

For submitted artifacts, we will require that submitters submit a Git URL
at a specific commit that the committee can clone and review. The committee
will review and accept pull requests for updates during the different
stages of review. The final artifacts will be hosted on the
HPCSYSPROS Github <https://github.com/HPCSYSPROS/> as well as in Zenodo for

More Information

If you have any questions, feel free to email or join our Slack.

Slack: http://sighpc-syspros.org/slack

Committee Contact: contact at hpcsyspros.org

Website: http://hpcsyspros.org

Jeremy Enos

HPCSYSPROS21 Program Chair

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