Authors: Carlos Jaime Barrios Hernandez (Advanced Computing Service for Latin America and the Caribbean (SCALAC); Industrial University of Santander, Colombia), Veronica Vergara (Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)), Benjamín Hernández (Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)), Silvio Rizzi (Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)), Esteban Meneses (Costa Rica National High Technology Center, Costa Rica Institute of Technology), Philippe Navaux (Advanced Computing Service for Latin America and the Caribbean (SCALAC); Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Abstract: The Birds of a Feather (BoF) Americas High-Performance Computing (HPC) Collaboration seeks to showcase collaborations that have resulted from the partnerships formed in the last edition of this BoF at SC19. It will also present opportunities and experiences among different HPC networks and laboratories from countries in North, Central and South America. The goal of this BoF is to show the current state-of-the-art in continental collaboration in HPC, the latest developments of regional collaborative networks, and to update the roadmap for the next years for the Americas HPC partnerships, including in the new COVID19 context.
Long Description: This fourth Birds of a Feather (BoF) Americas High Performance Computing (HPC) Collaboration seeks to showcase collaborations that have resulted from the partnerships formed in the last edition of this BoF at SC19. It will also present opportunities and experiences between different HPC Networks and Laboratories from countries in North, Central, and South America. The goal of this BoF is to show the current state of the art in continental collaboration in HPC, latest developments of regional collaborative networks, and, to update the roadmap for the next two years for the Americas HPC partnerships.
The BoF Americas HPC Collaboration seeks to present different collaboration experiences between institutes, supercomputing centers, national laboratories, research groups and networks such as XSEDE, Compute Canada, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center with their different peers in Latin America such as SCALAC, RICAP, Brazilian Scientific Computing National Laboratory; CINVESTAV-Abacus (Mexico), National Laboratory for High Performance ( Chile), Advanced Computing Center (Colombia) and more. This BoF will also present the state of the art of continental collaboration in HPC, discuss current and future regional perspectives and exchange practices that address common problems and challenges.
There were approximately fifty participants in SC15 and SC17, XX participants in SC19 which included attendees from non-profit organizations, academia, government, and industry. For SC20, we expect the same level of participation.
The outcomes of this BoF are described next. First, build, on top of our previous discussions at SC15, SC’17, and SC19, an official Americas HPC Partnership, on behalf of the interest shown by XSEDE, ComputeCanada and SCALAC (with the support of RedCLARA). We will also have invited speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy Leadership Computing Facilities at ORNL and ANL, influencers from regional academic networks, leaders of laboratories and centers, and industrial partners. Second, we will evaluate the collaborations of the last year, and finally, define a new Americas HPC Partnership roadmap for the next two years. On the other hand, this "Virtual" BoF search to visualize interaction modes during and after the COVID19 pandemic situation.
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