Thursday 19 November, 2015 took place the birds-of-a-feather of hpc-hpc titled “Recruiting Non-Traditional HPC Users: High-Performance Communications for High-Performance Computing” at SC15 in Austin, Texas.
As the title says, this BoF focused on the challenges in attracting non-traditional users to supercomputing centers. Such outreach is necessary in the context of the evolving convergence of traditional “Big Compute” with the analytic capabilities of “Big Data”. The discussion was focused on the sharing of outreach strategies and support mechanisms to engage high-potential user communities currently under represented within HPC centers, e.g., biotechnology, social science, humanities, experimental science, etc.
The goal of this proposed SC15 BoF session was to highlight the importance of HPC outreach to non-traditional users, and demonstrate and discuss current outreach approaches.
We tried to reach this goal with two case studies introducing strategies for engaging non-traditional users. One case study was provided by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center focusing on outreach strategies to the digital humanities community. A second case study focused on non-traditional communities in genomics, industry (e.g., construction and building efficiency), or large experimental science user facilities such as light sources or neutron sources.
The session concluded with a 30-minute round-table discussion of best practices among all of the participants.
Here some pictures of the event. The slides of the three presentations will follow.