[Beowulf] Reminder: Call for Papers: HPCSYSPROS Workshop @ SC19 Friday, November 22nd

John John.Blaas at Colorado.EDU
Tue Jul 23 08:33:11 PDT 2019

REMINDER that we are a month away from the deadline for submissions. We
look forward to seeing a lot of great papers, presentations, and lightning

HPC Systems Professionals Workshop (HPCSYSPROS19)
Call For Papers, Artifacts, and Lightning Talks

HPCSYSPROS19 is held in conjunction with SC19: The International
Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and

The workshop this year will be November 22nd (FRIDAY) from 9am to
12:30am. Please keep that in mind when making travel arrangements.

Submission Deadline - August 23 (NO EXTENSIONS)

Supercomputing systems present complex challenges to personnel who
design, deploy and maintain them. Standing up these systems and
keeping them running require novel solutions that are unique to high
performance computing. The success of any supercomputing center
depends on stable and reliable systems, and HPC Systems Professionals
are crucial to that success.

The Fourth Annual HPC Systems Professionals Workshop will bring
together systems administrators, systems architects, and systems
analysts in order to share best practices, discuss cutting-edge
technologies, and advance the state-of-the-practice for HPC systems.
This CFP requests that participants submit either papers, slide
presentations, or 5-minute Lightning Talk proposals along with
reproducible artifacts (code segments, test suites, configuration
management templates) which can be made available to the community for

Submissions website:

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Cluster, configuration, or software management
* Performance tuning/Benchmarking
* Resource manager and job scheduler configuration
* Monitoring/Mean-time-to-failure/ROI/Resource utilization
* Virtualization/Clouds
* Designing and troubleshooting HPC interconnects
* Designing and maintaining HPC storage solutions
* Cybersecurity and data protection
* Cluster storage

All topics are expected to have an emphasis on HPC.

Submission Information

Authors are invited to submit original, high-quality papers,
presentations, and artifacts with an emphasis on solutions that can be
implemented by other members of the HPC systems community. All
submissions should be in PDF format. Papers should be between 6 and 8
pages including tables, figures and appendices, but excluding
references. Slide decks should consist of less than 30 slides.
Lightning Talks should be submitted as a 1-2 paragraph abstract for a
talk of approximately 5 minutes in length. Artifact descriptions
should be described in 1-2 pages in length. All submissions should be
formatted according to the SC Proceedings template. Per SC policy,
margins and font sizes should not be modified. Papers submitted with
an artifact are required to have an appended artifact descriptor as a
part of the requirements for reproducibility. Some examples of
artifacts are listed below.

* Architecture Descriptions should include an interesting network,
storage or system architecture, or a hybrid thereof at the data-center
level. It should be documented by multiple architecture diagrams and a
four page description of the architecture in the provided template.

* Small Middleware or Systems Software should include an artifact of
code, such as a BASH or Python Script. Additionally, there should be
strong documentation that makes the artifact usable by the community.
This documentation should be written in Markdown, and a two page
abstract in the SC proceedings format is required.

* System Configuration and Configuration Management should include
configuration or configuration management, and/or the interactions
between multiple configured applications. Examples of this might be a
puppet module, a config file used in a unique way, or more likely, a
group of config files and configuration management bundled together.
Strong documentation for reproducing the artifact, as well as a two
page abstract in the SC proceedings format, is required.

This year we will once again have two review stages before we select
the program material. During the first stage, all papers, artifacts,
and talks will get reviewed and scored but there will be no decisions
for inclusion in the program. The authors will then have three weeks
to update their submission based on provided feedback, and resubmit.
The second round will be reviewed and scored, and the highest-scoring
papers, artifacts, and talks will be invited to be included within the
workshop program.

Proposals for different types of artifacts other than those listed
above will also be accepted. Additionally, hybrids of these types of
artifacts are acceptable. If you have a relevant, high-quality
artifact, which has an emphasis on reproducibility and implementation,
and is not included in the types above, please propose it to the
committee (contact info below) . If the committee agrees, the CFP will
be amended to reflect the new artifact type and its requirements.

The up-to-date CFP will always be available at:

All papers, abstracts and descriptions should be formatted according
to the IEEE Conference Proceedings template and are required to
include a modified reproducibility appendix from SC19.

All submissions should be submitted electronically through the SC19
linklings instance (link included at the bottom). Please submit the
main document (paper or abstract) in PDF form, as well as an
accompanying zip (or gzip) file. All reviews and comments will be
available on http://submissions.supercomputing.org. All accepted
papers and artifacts will be published on GitHub and archived

Important Dates
Submissions Open: NOW
Submissions Closed: August 23rd (NO EXTENSIONS)
First round reviews Sent and Resubmission Open: September 6th
Resubmission Closed: September 20th
Notifications of Papers and Accepted Artifacts: October 4th
Final Abstracts for Program: October 10th
Workshop Date: November 22nd

Workshop Information
Committee Contact: contact at hpcsyspros.org
Website: http://hpcsyspros.org
Updated CFP:  http://sighpc-syspros.org/workshops/2019/HPCSYSPROS
Submission Site:

John Blaas
HPCSYSPROS19 Program Chair
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