SC is the International Conference for
 High Performnance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

SCHEDULE: NOV 13-19, 2010

Recruiting and Training HPC Systems Administrators and Engineers

SESSION: Recruitment, Training and Scientific Computing Curriculum

EVENT TYPE: Special Topic: Workforce Development, Communities

TIME: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

Panelists:William R. Scullin, Daniel Kamalic, Glenn Hope, Isaac Traxler, Kathryn Traxler, William R. Scullin, Zachary A. Mance, Susan M. Coghlan, Daniel C. Stanzione


Systems administrators and engineers are traditionally self-taught, often finding their way into the profession through taking on tasks and providing services to others until those tasks occupy the vast majority of their time. Formal education, while important, often takes a backseat to internship, apprenticeship, and mentoring. The field as such is very diverse, welcoming intelligent, creative, and driven people from a very wide array of backgrounds. HPC Systems Administrators and Engineers typically are working at the edges of technology. Like their Large-Site Unix Administrator brethren, they often are called upon to provide expertise in software development and tools, domain science, hardware of all types, purchasing and acquisitions, environmental systems and engineering, and user management. This panel intends to discuss the pros and cons of various means of recruitment, educating novices, retraining senior staff, encouraging diversity, and ways that the community can work together to grow the profession.

Moderator/Panelist Details:

William R. Scullin (Moderator) - Argonne National Laboratory

Daniel Kamalic - Boston University

Glenn Hope - National Institute for Computational Sciences

Isaac Traxler - Louisiana State University

Kathryn Traxler - Louisiana State University

William R. Scullin - Argonne National Laboratory

Zachary A. Mance - Argonne National Laboratory

Susan M. Coghlan - Argonne National Laboratory

Daniel C. Stanzione - University of Texas at Austin

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