This year, the birds-of-a-feather submission titled “Recruiting Non-Traditional HPC Users: High-Performance Communications for High-Performance Computing” was selected for inclusion in the SC15 program in Austin, USA.
This BoF will bring together leaders from supercomputing centers, universities, industry, and laboratories to discuss 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”. We will focus our discussion 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 BoF will focus mainly on a lively discussion in which attendees will be encouraged to share their ideas, experiences, and best practices. We will also focus on networking and community building.
The goal of this proposed SC15 BoF session is to highlight the importance of HPC outreach to non-traditional users, and demonstrate and discuss current outreach approaches. We will discuss how these outreach activities will support a dialogue between these communities and the HPC centres to understand users’ requirements, and develop new solutions and outcomes with broad benefits. Possible internal strategies and communication activities inside the HPC centers to support this process will also be discussed.
Providing HPC resources to non-traditional users can be particularly difficult if they are only starting to invest in simulation and modeling R&D. We will focus an initial “ice-breaker” discussion on two case studies introducing strategies for engaging non-traditional users. One case study will be provided by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center focusing on outreach strategies to the digital humanities community. A second case study will be 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 will conclude with a 30-minute round-table discussion of best practices among all of the participants. It is our experience that much is to be gained from the sharing of outreach strategies and implementations from individual HPC centers.
This session is suitable for directors, leaders and outreach professionals employed at HPC facilities or HPC vendors, managers of outreach teams/people, and technical staff who are required to do outreach as part of their job responsibilities.
See you at SC15!