Interactive High-Performance Computing BOF at SC 2015

BOF@SC15 (November 2015)

At SC15 in Denver we hosted the first Birds-of-a-Feather session on Interactivity in Supercomputing. The goal of that session was to evaluate the interest in the HPC communities to utilize HPC resources in an interactive fashion.

The session consisted of talks from Stephen Jones (SpaceX), Paul Woodward (UMN), Thomas Schulthess (CSCS), and John Shalf (LBNL) presenting their views of the benefits and use-cases of interactivity of HPC systems, covering the perspectives of HPC center managers and domain scientists.

The subsequent discussion showed a tremendous interest from the user community. Not only were the potential uses highlighted, but also new use-cases emerged.