I attended two very interesting tutorials Sunday and Monday.
On Sunday, I went to the Containers session, which gave a great overview over Container technologies like Docker, Shifter, and a little on Singularity. Then there was a detailed tutorial on Docker/Shifter,
which was interesting, but personally I would’ve been more interested in Singularity, since that’s the one we actually use for our High Energy Physics jobs.
On Monday, there was a very informative tutorial on how to purchase HPC resources, detailing the entire process from the first stages of planning the RFP all the way to bringing the cluster into production. The speakers were very knowledgeable, and quite entertaining as well.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity to go to all these sessions with the full workshop and tutorial passes I got — not to forget the free and quite good food at the tutorial lunches Sunday and Monday. 😉
The two plenary sessions on Monday evening and Tuesday morning were also incredible interesting and fascinating.
Horst Severini is responsible for distributed computing at the University of Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER). With more than 20 years of experience in various fields of High Performance and High Throughput Computing, Severini started the ATLAS computing activities in the OU HighEnergy Physics group in 1999, and is still the main driver of the now quite substantial ATLAS Tier2 Computing Center at OU. Severini has supported the OpenScienceGrid (OSG) High Throughput Computing effort since it began in 2001 and has helped many institutions and researchers — in the US, South America and Africa — get up to speed with OSG software. Since 2012, he has been on the International Advisory Committee of the African School of Physics.
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