HUST 2021

8th International Workshop on HPC User Support Tools

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


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 eighth 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.

The workshop will be fully virutal and is scheduled for Friday, Nov 19, 8:30am - 12pm CST as part of the SC21 program.

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HUST21 Workshop Program

HUST21 will be an entirely virtual workshop. Please join us both on the SC virtual platform and in our community Slack space. We will be using slack to enable workshop Q&A and to facilitate community discussions. Speakers and participants are reminded to adhere to the SC code of conduct.

Friday November 19, 2021

8:30-8:45am CST

8:45-9:15am CST

9:15-9:45am CST

9:45-10:00am CST

  • HUST Community Survey

10:00-10:30am CST

  • Morning Coffee Break

10:30-11:00am CST

11:00-11:30am CST

11:30-12:00pm CST

12:00pm CST

  • Conclusion

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.


All submissions should be made electronically through the SC21 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.

Submissions should be a minimum length of 8 pages (IEEE conference format) 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 necessary templates.

New: In addition to full papers, we are accepting 2-page abstracts for short presentations at HUST’21. Please use the same submission format and process as for full papers.


Important Dates

Submissions: August 27, 2021 September 3, 2021

Workshop paper reviews due: September 20, 2021 September 22, 2021

Acceptance notifications: September 24, 2021 September 28, 2021

Camera-ready papers: October 8, 2021 Details coming soon.

Presentation recordings: October 15, 2021

Workshop: November 19, 2021


Organizing Committee

General Chair

Program Committee Chairs

Program Committee

  • David Bernholdt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Lev Gorenstein, Purdue University, USA
  • Jane Herriman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Christopher Harris, Pawsey Supercomputing Center, Australia
  • Mozhgan Kabiri-Chimeh, NVIDIA, United Kingdom
  • Paul Kolano, NASA, USA
  • Kevin Manalo, PACE, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Robert McLay, TACC, USA
  • Todd Raeker, University of Michigan, USA
  • Abhinav Thota, Indiana University, USA

Links to Past HUST Workshop Proceedings

HUST2020 Workshop.

HUST2019 Workshop.

HUST2018 (Program)

HUST2017 Workshop.

HUST2016 Workshop.

HUST2015 Workshop.

HUST2014 Workshop.


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