[Beowulf] SC13 wrapup, please post your own
prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Mon Nov 25 12:54:00 PST 2013
Thinks for all the information. As always, all the interesting BoF's
were always at the same time. I wanted to many of the BoF's you
mentionedbut ended up going to "sexier" ones. My own SC13 wrapup to be
On 11/23/2013 03:44 PM, Adam DeConinck wrote:
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>> 14) Quality of talks/BOFs: I've heard from many sources that the talks
>> and BOFs were great. I miss having time to attend them, but will push
>> for this next year. The admin BOFs seem to be strongly in demand.
> There were definitely a few really good admin-oriented BOFs, though I'd
> love to see more love for admin topics at the conference in general. A
> few of my favorite sessions included:
> * "Getting Scientific Software Installed: Tools & Best Practices"
> BoF web page:
> This BoF covered a few tools for building and managing software on
> compute clusters, including Robert McLay's excellent Lmod tool  (a
> better implementation of environment modules), EasyBuild  (automates
> software builds and auto-generates Modulefiles), and Hashdist  which
> also automates software builds and seems more oriented to dev
> workstations than clusters.
> The BoF also included a live survey of the Bof participants on
> software management practices on clusters (results ), which I
> thought was very interesting.
>  Lmod: https://github.com/TACC/Lmod
>  EasyBuild: https://github.com/hpcugent/easybuild
>  Hashdist: https://github.com/hashdist/hashdist
>  Software management survey:
> * "Trends in Small HPC Center Management"
> This is one of my favorite BoFs every year, as you get to see what the
> campus-scale and other "small" HPC sites are doing on a variety of
> topics. They send out a survey to past years' participants every year
> and show the results at the BoF; this year can be found at . The
> discussion was also a lot of fun, with a lot of discussion of job
> schedulers and all the pain they cause...
>  Small-HPC 2013 survey results deck: http://bit.ly/18xhFoc
> * "HPC Systems Engineering and Administration"
> This felt like the flagship sysadmin BoF to me. Unfortunately I ended up
> distracted during the second half due to some unhappy user emails from back
> home, but I remember some very interesting discussion about monitoring
> systems, provisioning, and configuration management. I've got a long new
> list of software to play with when I get some spare time... ;-)
> There was also some good discussion of the fact that we need more
> system administration and engineering coverage at Supercomputing, and
> about how hard it is to find talent (!) and connect with others in the
> field. There's a new "sc-admin" mailing list  which was collecting
> signups, and while there isn't anything there yet, it might also be of
> interest to folks on this list.
>  http://isaac.lsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/sc-admin
> Those were some of the highlights I remember, but I recognized some
> other Beowulfers at these and other BoFs. Anyone else want to chime in,
> or tell me about something I missed? :)
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