HUST 2016

Third Annual Workshop on HPC User Support Tools

November 13, 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.


Held in conjunction with SC16, in cooperation with SIGHPC.


Supercomputing centers exist to drive scientific discovery by supporting researchers in computational science fields. To make users more productive in the complex HPC environment, HPC centers employ user support teams. These teams serve many roles, from setting up accounts, to consulting on math libraries and code optimization, to managing HPC software stacks. Adequately supporting scientists can often be a struggle for the support teams. HPC environments are extremely complex, and combined with the complexity of multi-user installations, exotic hardware, and maintaining research software, supporting HPC users can be extremely demanding. Meeting all of these competing demands of the scientist often results in the creation of new tools and establishment of new policies and best practices.

With the third HUST workshop, we will continue to provide a necessary forum for system administrators, user support team members, tool developers, policy makers and end users to discuss support issues. We provide a necessary publication venue to solicit papers on user support experiences, best practices, tools, and innovative efforts to improve user support at supercomputing centers.

 Download the HUST16 Call For Papers


HUST16 Workshop Program

  • 9:00 - 9:30
    • Sanity Tool: Lightweight Diagnostics for Individual User Accounts on Supercomputer Systems. Si Liu*, Robert McLay, and Doug James (Texas Advanced Computing Center).
  • 09:30 - 10:00
    • getexample: Reducing Barriers to Entry on Shared HPC Resources. Dirk Colbry* (Michigan State University).
  • 10:00 - 10:30
    • Break
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    • Helping HPC Users Specify Job Memory Requirements via Machine Learning. Eduardo R. Rodrigues*, Renato L. F. Cunha, and Marco A. S. Netto (IBM Research); Michael Spriggs (IBM Systems).
  • 11:00 - 11:30
    • Managing Combinatorial Software Installations with Spack. Gregory Becker*, Peter Scheibel, Matthew P. LeGendre, and Todd Gamblin (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).
  • 11:30 - 12:00
    • Scientific Software Management in Real Life: Deployment of EasyBuild on a Large Scale System. Damian Alvarez*, Alan O’Cais, and Markus Geimer (Jülich Supercomputing Center); Kenneth Hoste (HPC-UGent).
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Panel Discussion.

* Presenters


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining and customising the user environment
  • Software build and installation tools
  • Workflow and pipeline tools
  • Collaborative development tools
  • Supporting Hadoop and Spark clusters for Big Data
  • Establishing baseline configuration efforts for HPC
  • Software tools for system testing and monitoring

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 [the IEEE format] for conference proceedings.( This is a late change for papers well accept papers in the ACM format for review but will be required to be reformatted. Similar to the SC16 policy, margins and font sizes should not be modified. We kindly refer authors to the necessary templates.

All submissions should be made electronically through the Easychair website. 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.


Extended Deadline!

The submission deadline has been extended to August 22.

Submission deadline: August 22

Workshop paper reviews due: September 19

Acceptance notifications: September 29

Camera-ready papers: October 8

Workshop: November 13, 2016 at SC16


Organizing Committee

  • Christopher Bording, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Australia
  • Todd Gamblin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Vera Hansper, CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland

General Chair

  • Christopher Bording, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Australia

Program Chairs

  • Todd Gamblin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Vera Hansper, CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland

Program Committee

  • Daniel Ahlin, PDC HPC Center, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Wolfgang Frings, Juelich Supercomputing Centre, Germany
  • Todd Gamblin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Andy Georges, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Christopher Harris, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Australia
  • Vera Hansper, CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland
  • Paul Kolano, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Olli-Pekka Lehto, CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland
  • James Lin, Center for HPC, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • John C. Linford, ParaTools, USA
  • Robert McLay, Texas Advanced Computing Center, USA
  • Dave Montoya, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Randy Schauer, Raytheon Company, USA
  • Dane Skow, University of Wyoming, USA
  • William Scullin, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Karen Tomko, Ohio Supercomputing Center, USA