HUST 2017

Fourth Annual Workshop on HPC User Support Tools

November 12, 2017, Denver, Colorado, USA.


Held in conjunction with SC17: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, 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. Often, support teams struggle to adequately support scientists. 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.

With the fourth HUST workshop, we will continue to provide a necessary forum for system administrators, user support team members, tool developers, policy makers and end users. We will provide a forum to discuss support issues and we will provide a publication venue for current support developments. Best practices, user support tools, and any ideas to streamline user support at supercomputing centers are in scope.

Submission Deadline has been extended to September 10, 2017!

 Download the HUST17 Call For Papers


HUST17 Workshop Program

 An Edge Service for Managing HPC Workflows

 ITALC: Interactive Tool for Application-Level Checkpointing

  • 10:00 - 10:30
    • Morning Coffee Break
  • 10:30 - 11:00

 Nix as HPC package management system

 Markov Chain Modeling for Anomaly Detection in High Performance Computing System Logs

 Testpilot: A Flexible Framework for User-centric Testing of HPC Clusters

  • 12:00 - 12:30
    • Discussion
    • Review Survey results as time permits.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining and customising the user environment
  • Software tools for system testing and monitoring
  • Software build and installation tools
  • Tools and frameworks for using system performance analysis tools
  • Workflow and pipeline tools
  • Collaborative development tools
  • Novel HPC environments: cloud, support for containers.
  • Supporting Hadoop and Spark clusters for Big Data
  • Establishing baseline configuration efforts for HPC
  • Documentation: creating, maintaining and auto-updating

We invite authors to submit original, high-quality work with sufficient background material to be clear to the HPC community. Format: Submissions are limited to 10 pages in the ACM format (see The 10-page limit includes figures, tables, and your appendices, but does not include references, for which there is no page limit. Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The 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

Submission EXTENDED deadline: September 10

Workshop paper reviews due: October 10

Acceptance notifications: October 12

Camera-ready papers: October 16

Workshop: Sunday, November 12 at SC17


Organizing Committee

  • Christopher Bording, IBM Research, Hartree Centre, United Kingdom
  • Todd Gamblin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Olli-Pekka Lehto, Jump Trading, LLC, Singapore

General Chair

  • Christopher Bording, IBM Research, Hartree Centre, United Kingdom

Program Chairs

  • Todd Gamblin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Olli-Pekka Lehto, Jump Trading, LLC, Singapore

Program Committee

  • Daniel Ahlin, PDC HPC Center, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Erik Engquist, Rice University, USA
  • Andy Georges, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Elsa Gonsiorowski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Christopher Harris, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Australia
  • Vera Hansper, CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland
  • Paul Kolano, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • John C. Linford, ParaTools, USA
  • Dave Montoya, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Ryan Novosielski, Rutgurs University, USA
  • Gary B. Skouson, Pacific Northwest Nation Laboratory, USA
  • William Scullin, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Jean Shuler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Karen Tomko, Ohio Supercomputing Center, USA
Past Presentations

Links to Past HUST Workshop Proceedings

HUST2016 Workshop.

HUST2015 Workshop.

HUST2014 Workshop.