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SCHEDULE: NOV 15-20, 2015

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Procuring Supercomputers: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

SESSION: Procuring Supercomputers: Best Practices and Lessons Learned


EVENT TAG(S): HPC Futures and Exascale, Hardware and Architecture, State of Practice

TIME: 3:30PM - 5:00PM

Panelists:Bilel Hadri, Katie Antypas, Bill Kramer, Satoshi Matsuoka, Greg Newby, Owen Thomas



Procuring HPC systems is a challenging process of acquiring the most suitable machine under technical and financial constrains aiming at maximizing the benefits to the users’ applications and minimizing the risks during its lifetime.
In this panel, HPC leaders will discuss and debate on keys requirements and lessons learned for successful procurements of supercomputers.
How do we define the requirements of the system? Is it to acquire a system for maximizing the capacity and capability, assessing new/future technologies, deliver a system designed for specific applications or provide an all-purpose solution to a broad range of applications? Is the system just a status symbol or must it do useful work?
This panel will give the audience an opportunity to ask questions to panelists who are involved in the procurement of leadership-class supercomputers and capturing lessons learned and turning that hindsight into best practices to procure and the most suitable HPC system.

Moderator/Panelist Details:

Bilel Hadri (Moderator) - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Katie Antypas - National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

Bill Kramer - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Satoshi Matsuoka - Tokyo Institute of Technology

Greg Newby - Compute Canada

Owen Thomas - Red Oak Consulting

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