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Workshop on Risk Management Techniques and Practice for HPC Centers

September 1, 2008

On September 17 and 18, managers and key staff from high performance computing centers (HPCC) across the globe arrived in San Francisco, Calif. for a DOE workshop on risk management techniques and practice. Participants discussed current and emerging techniques, practices, and lessons learned for effectively identifying, understanding, managing, and mitigating risks associated with acquiring leading-edge computing systems at HPCCs.

“High-performance computing, by its very nature, is an exercise in multi-level risk management,” says William Kramer, General Manager at NERSC and a member of the workshop organizing committee. “Every aspect of stewarding HPCCs into the petascale era, from identification of the program drivers to the details of procurement actions and simulation environment component deployments, represents unprecedented challenges and requires effective risk management.”

Kramer notes that the fundamental purpose of this workshop was to go beyond risk management processes and learn how to weave effective risk management practices, techniques, and methods into all aspects of migrating HPCCs into the next generation of leadership computing systems and to develop risk portfolios and approaches that apply specifically to
Petascale computing. This workshop was a follow-up of the Petascale System Integration workshop hosted by NERSC last year.

Bill Kramer and NERSC are also organizing a Birds of a Feather meeting on the topic of Petascale System deployment at the SC08 conference in November.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.