HUST 2019

Sixth Annual Workshop on HPC User Support Tools

Denver, Colorado, USA.


Held in conjunction with SC19: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.

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Supercomputing centers exist to drive scientific discovery by supporting researchers in computational science fields. To make users more productive in the complex HPC environment, HPC centers employ user support teams. These teams serve many roles, from setting up accounts, to consulting on math libraries and code optimization, to managing HPC software stacks. Often, support teams struggle to adequately support scientists. HPC environments are extremely complex, and combined with the complexity of multi-user installations, exotic hardware, and maintaining research software, supporting HPC users can be extremely demanding.

With the sixth HUST workshop, we will continue to provide a necessary forum for system administrators, user support team members, tool developers, policy makers and end users. We will provide a forum to discuss support issues and we will provide a publication venue for current support developments. Best practices, user support tools, and any ideas to streamline user support at supercomputing centers are in scope.

Our workshop agenda will begin at 9 am Monday morning in Room 605.

Contact: Elsa Gonisorowski


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining and customising the user environment
  • Software tools for system testing and monitoring
  • Software build and installation tools
  • Tools and frameworks for using system performance analysis tools
  • Workflow and pipeline tools
  • Collaborative development tools
  • Novel HPC environments: cloud, support for containers.
  • Supporting Hadoop and Spark clusters for Big Data
  • Establishing baseline configuration efforts for HPC
  • Software tools for system testing and monitoring
  • Documentation: creating, maintaining and auto-updating

We invite authors to submit original, high-quality work with sufficient background material to be clear to the HPC community.


Submissions should be a minimum length of 8 pages and no longer than 10 pages. The page limit includes figures, tables, and your appendices, but does not include references, for which there is no page limit. Papers should be submitted in PDF format. We kindly refer authors to the Springer guidelines below for paper templates.

All submissions should be made electronically through the SC19 Submissions website. Submissions must be double blind, i.e., authors should remove their names, institutions or hints found in references to earlier work. When discussing past work, they need to refer to themselves in the third person, as if they were discussing another researcher’s work. Furthermore, authors must identify any conflict of interest with the PC chair or PC members.

Authors should consult Springer’s author’s guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.


Important Dates

Submissions: August 30 September 9

Workshop paper reviews due: September 26

Acceptance notifications: September 30

Camera-ready papers: October 11

Workshop: Monday, November 18 at SC’19


Organizing Committee

General Chair

Program Committee Chairs

Program Committee

  • Daniel Ahlin, PDC Center for High Performance Computing, Sweden
  • David Bernholdt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Fabrice Cantos, NIWA, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
  • Eric Engquist, Rice University, USA
  • Christopher Harris, Pawsey Supercomputing Center, Australia
  • Mozhgan Kabiri-Chimeh, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Paul Kolano, NASA, USA
  • Kevin Manalo, PACE, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Robert McLay, TACC, USA
  • Abhinav Thota, Indiana University, USA

HUST19 Workshop Presentations

Talk Slides Paper
Buildtest: A Software Testing Framework with Module Operations for HPC systems Slides SC19 Archive
Using Malleable Task Scheduling to Accelerate Package Manager Installations Slides SC19 Archive
Enabling Continuous Testing of HPC Systems Using ReFrame Slides SC19 Archive
Tools for Monitoring CPU Usage and Affinity in Multicore Supercomputers Slides SC19 Archive

Links to Past HUST Workshop Proceedings

HUST2019 Workshop.

HUST2018 (Program)

HUST2017 Workshop.

HUST2016 Workshop.

HUST2015 Workshop.

HUST2014 Workshop.