21-25 August 2017
University of Washington, Seattle
US/Pacific timezone


24 Aug 2017, 12:00
Auditorium (Alder Hall)


Alder Hall

Oral Plenary


Deborah BARD (LBL)


High Performance Computing (HPC) has been an integral part of HEP computing for decades, but the use of supercomputers has typically been limited to running cycle-hungry simulations for theory and experiment. Today’s supercomputers offer spectacular compute power but are not always simple to use - supercomputers have a highly specialized architecture that means that code that runs well on a laptop or a small compute cluster will rarely scale up efficiently.

In this talk I will discuss initiatives developed at NERSC (the primary computing center for the DoE Office of Science) that are designed to enable scientists to work productively with supercomputers. In particular, I will describe how we are taking advantage of container technology (via the Shifter project) to solve the problems of portability and scalability on supercomputers at NERSC.

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