Network Engineer Hensley Omorodion (University of Benin, Nigeria) laid the groundwork for an IEEE/Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing in Resource-Constrained Environments (SIGHPC-RCE). An application was submitted to ACM in January, and on June 15, 2015, it was approved (Chapter number 132214).
Omorodion hopes the new SIG can sponsor a variety of HPC initiatives, including activities that are co-located with ACM events. Its members can work together to elevate general awareness of why HPC is important, and how resource-constrained centers can access free and low-cost training and cloud-enabled HPC. When possible, they can share resources, and collectively solicit donations of up-cycled hardware and software from government-supported cyberinfrastructures, vendors and commercial data centers. Additionally, they can inspire the development of tools that will help researchers from under-served regions accelerate the process of scientific discovery. While the group’s roots are in Nigeria, Hensley intends for the organization to advocate on behalf of resource-constrained centers everywhere!
At SC14, Hensley invited representatives from the HPC community to attend an informational session where he sought volunteers for the SIG’s advisory group. Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek), Rachel Vincent-Finley (Southern University and A&M), Janine Cook (SNL) and Richard Barrett (SNL) offered to help. After a discussion with SC15 Early-Career Program Chair Jeffrey Hollingsworth (UMD), Hensley submitted an SC15 Birds-of-a-feather (BoF) proposal, and it was accepted: SIGHPC-RCE BoF,
STEM-Trek is hosting SIGHPC-RCE’s organizational materials here until a new site can be established. Check this page for updates.
Planning and organizational documents:
Organization Bylaws: Draft.
SC14 Meetup Agenda: SIGHPC-RCE.
Presentation by Hensley Omorodion: Developing HPC in Resource Constrained Environments.