“Challenges/Small HPC Centers” Encouraged to Join SIGHPC-RCE by July 24!

Dear Colleagues,

I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with the “Challenges of Managing Small HPC Centers” Google Group and web site, and the Association of Computing Machinery “Special Interest Group for HPC in Resource-Constrained Environments” (SIGHPC-RCE). After seven years, the “Challenges” group lost traction in 2016 when leadership day jobs changed, and facilitators lacked time or travel support to attend SC. Sadly, we neglected to register the SC16 BoF, or launch the much anticipated survey (which provides important longitudinal trend information, and a current snapshot what everybody’s using/doing to keep customers satisfied, and the lights blinking).

Meanwhile, the SIGHPC-RCE chapter founded in 2014 (chartered 2015) is due for a term-limit leadership change (including my position!).

Since I’m familiar with both groups’ communities and objectives, and recognize synergies and common interests among them, I proposed that they be combined under the ACM framework in an interest of sustainability. The proposal was favorably reviewed by “Challenges” Founder STEM-Trek VP and Adviser David Stack (UW-System CIO), and by the outgoing SIGHPC-RCE leadership.

The transition will begin immediately, and will conclude August 18, 2017 when the SIG moves forward with new leadership, and the Google group will no longer be maintained.

All who have been involved in these groups as past facilitators or officers may continue to serve as SIGHPC-RCE advisers, and we encourage everyone to run for an office (incumbents have term limits, but they may serve as advisers).

If you manage a small research computing center (government, academic or industry; all are welcome) and/or if you consider your enterprise to be resource constrained, you’ll want to join the SIGHPC-RCE chapter. To do so, complete this form. There’s an annual $10.00 fee for professional members and $5.00 for students. Officers must also be members of ACM and SIGHPC.

Fee revenue supports meeting facility, AV and catering costs, and/or travel grants for students and early-career scholars from RCE’s.  Chapter officers can waive the SIGHPC-RCE fee for applicants who can’t afford it (for example, those who live or work in regions rated 29 and higher on the World Bank list). Qualified candidates may apply for a fee waiver by contacting any chapter officer, or by writing to info@stem-trek.org.

If you’d like to run for a SIGHPC-RCE office (chair, vice-chair, treasurer, secretary, or membership coordinator), please enroll in SIGHPC and SIGHPC-RCE before filing for candidacy. You’ll need a brief resume/CV, 150-word expression of interest, and head shot/photograph. Complete the form by July 24. An election will be held between July 24 and August 15. Officers will be announced and will assume their new duties after a brief orientation on August 18 (8:00 a.m. CST Skype transition meeting).

Here’s a document that describes the history of both organizations, and reasons why they are being merged. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

Elizabeth Leake
STEM-Trek Nonprofit Executive Director 2011-present
SIGHPC-RCE Vice Chair 2015-17
“Challenges” co-facilitator in 2013-14

Hensley Omorodion (University of Benin), SIGHPC-RCE Founder

Featured photo inset: Tech facilitators from Africa visit TACC in 2015.

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