SC15 Recap

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I want to start by thanking everyone who came out to meet with us at our booth, at the Torque BOF, and at the Torque dinner. It’s great to meet with you all and learn about the work you’re doing and the challenges you face, and I had a wonderful time catching up with those I know well as well as meeting many for the first time. For those that didn’t have time or came by when I was busy, I hope that next time our schedules match up better.


I thought it was a great conference. At the Torque BOF we covered the major new features for Torque: a new resource request syntax, NUMA support, and Docker integration. Unfortunately, there was no Turducken at our booth – next year? – but we were giving out t-shirts and other goodies as usual. Also at the booth we were demonstrating Viewpoint, Nitro, and Elastic Computing. We were able to talk a lot about these new and exciting projects, and also receive reports back from early adopters. In general, feedback was really positive.

At the BOF one bit of discussion was the challenges in educating users about the new resource request syntax. We understand that rolling out a new way of submitting jobs is going to take time for the end users to adopt; we have tried to facilitate this through blog posts about the syntax and use cases, and please let us know if there are more things we can clarify or expand with more posts. We’re always open to suggestions. In addition, if you all have particular successes that you feel others can benefit from, please get in touch with Ken or I and we can help distribute that information. We know that adoption will take time and we’d like to help you in any way we can to help you get this into production.

Once again, thanks to everyone for helping us have a great SC15. Hopefully you’re all as excited as we are to have so many new features and products launched to help you achieve super computing nirvana, and I look forward to meeting with you all again soon.

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