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The 1st Workshop on HPC Best Practices: Petascale Systems Integration

Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, California

May 15-16, 2007


Petascale systems will soon be deployed. Every phase of petascale systems, from the first design to the final use, present unprecedented challenges. Activity is underway for requirements definition, hardware and software design, programming model, methods and tools innovation and acquisitions. After systems are designed and purchased, and before they can be used at their full potential for their intended purposes, they must be installed in a facility, integrated with the existing infrastructure and environment, tested and then deployed for use.

This workshop will add large scale systems to the body experience by looking at the challenges and opportunities that come with Petascale systems deployment. Participants will identify challenges; search for the best practices; share experiences and define lessons learned. Furthermore, the workshop will assess the effectiveness of tools and techniques that are or could be helpful in petascale deployments, and determine potentially beneficial tools areas for research and development. The workshop will also address methods to ensure systems continue to operate at the same or better levels after deployment. Finally, the workshop will foster a network of experts who are able to share information on an on-going basis as petascale systems come on line.

Workshop Goals

  • Identify challenges and issues involved in the installation and deployment of large scale HPC systems
  • Identify best practices for installing large-scale HPC systems into scientific petascale facilities
  • Identify methods to assure system performance and function continue after initial testing and deployment
  • Identify systematic issues and research issues for vendors, sites and facilities that would improve the speed and quality of deployment
  • Share tools and methods that are helpful in expediting the installation, testing and configuration of HPC systems
  • Establish communication paths for technical staff at multiple sites that might make HPC installations more effective
  • Make recommendations to DOE and other stakeholders to improve the process of HPC system deployment

Draft Report

Final Draft Report


Final Agenda

(includes links to the presentations and to the reports from the breakout sessions)


By last name and

By organization

Workshop Format

A mix of presentations, panels and discussions. The presentations will be designed to establish discussion topics and generate discussion. Break-outs and/or panels will be focus on specific areas and/or questions related to deployment and integration. Breakout leaders will format questions and summarize the results of the breakouts.


Daniel Hitchcock and Barbara Helland, Facilities Division, The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.

Workshop Organizer

William T.C. Kramer, NERSC General Manager

Registration is now closed.

Hotel Information

 The workshop will take place at Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco 94102, California.

Sleeping Room Block

A block of petite queen rooms has been reserved for the nights of May 14, 15, and 16 at the negotiated workshop rate of $169 (plus tax) per night. To accommodate early arrivals and late departures, the hotel will honor this special rate beginning the night of May 11 through May 17, based on room availability.

Check-in time at the hotel is 3:00 pm, and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Guests are responsible for all room charges.