SC16 Salt Lake City, UT

Special Interest Group on HPC in Resource Constrained Environments (SIGHPC-RCE)

Authors: Mr. Hensley Omorodion (University of Benin)

BP Abstract: This BOF is hosted by the Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing in Resource Constrained Environments (SIGHPC-RCE). Information about the SIG will be shared, and six topics of interest to attendees will be presented. The SC15 BOF was attended by 30 delegates from the US, Europe, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) HPC Forum, SADC Advisers, and others. Group objectives were discussed as were common challenges for those who support research in resource constrained environments. Since SC15, SIGHPC-RCE and others have collaborated with STEM-Trek to define a number of projects that are in various stages of development.

Long Description: Most agree that access to advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) enables the acceleration of scientific discovery and therefore improves the economic competitiveness of underserved regions. However, sustainable provisioning will always be challenging where there is an inadequate or unreliable energy supply, or in regions that lack an on-ramp to high-speed networks. The prospect of exascale and support for the “long-tail” of science only seems to broaden the digital divide. Because there are many economic and physical challenges to overcome in RCEs, it’s impossible to adopt, design, build, deploy, manage, and secure the same quality and variety of resources and services offered by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (EU-funded PRACE), or the U.S. National Science Foundation’s eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Many lack a defined goal, strategy for sustainability, or a reference model from which to derive concrete objectives. Consequently, few will engage, or they will waste private, commercial, institutional, state, or federal resources trying to replicate what they could never sustain. SIGHPC-RCE provides a psycho-social framework of support for professionals who work in RCE’s where they can meet others in their field. The SC BoF provides them with a rare face-to-face opportunity to discuss common challenges, lessons learned and road-tested solutions.

Conference Presentation: pdf

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