June 16-20, 2013

Leipzig, Germany

Presentation Details

Name: BoF 22: High Performance Communications for High Performance Computing
Time: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Room:   M01
Breaks:1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch
Speakers:   Michele De Lorenzi, CSCS
  Angela Detjen, CSCS
  Helen Gardiner, Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative
  Nages Sieslack, Prometeus
  Jack Wells, ORNL
Abstract:   The challenges of communication and outreach for modern supercomputing centers are considerable. First there are a number of elements that need to be communicated from building infrastructure and computer hardware, right through to scientific results and their societal impacts. Second, there is the need to explain the investments associated with running a modern supercomputing service. A supercomputer today involves an initial investment of many millions of dollars, consumes as much electricity as a small town, but has a life expectancy of only three to four years. And often new facilities are needed to house the new systems and staff. Finally, different audiences need different types of information on different timetables. All of these efforts are typically handled by a small team (often a team of 1), which requires close interaction with senior management to avoid political land mines.
This Birds of a Feather session will bring together communications specialists from leading supercomputing centers and other associated fields like science journalists and outreach specialists from industry, to discuss the challenges of communication of HPC today and in the future. We will analyze the range of topics that need to be communicated, identify their respective audiences (not forgetting internal communication), and discuss possible strategies and techniques for achieving the highest impact. The BoF will focus mainly on a lively discussion in which attendees will be encouraged to share their ideas and experiences.
Program may be subject to changes.