International HPC Certification Program
Event Type
Birds of a Feather
Education and Training
TimeTuesday, June 18th3:45pm - 4:45pm CEST
LocationSubstanz 1, 2
DescriptionThe HPC community has always considered the training of new and existing HPC practitioners to be important to its growth. However, as the community becomes more diverse the traditional HPC training approaches are being challenged. The constantly growing group of users with very specific training needs, often coming from traditionally non-HPC disciplines, makes it difficult for HPC centres to identify and overcome their knowledge gaps. Most of the readily available training materials are not comprehensive and don’t have clearly defined pre-requisites or learning outcomes. So how should intermediate HPC users identify the content they have not mastered yet?

There is a generally accepted set of skills required to efficiently use HPC resources, and the main goal of the International HPC Certification program is to categorise, define and eventually test them. Making clear what skills are required or recommended for specific user roles and scientific domains would benefit both the HPC service providers and practitioners.

In this BoF, speakers from academia and science present the current status and discuss the value of the approach and gather valuable feedback on the current state of the skill tree through small group discussions. The initiative received a lot of attention at ISC’18 and SC’18 and attracted a number of collaborations (including ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter). To make sure the program becomes a community-wide and sustainable effort more involvement from the HPC training community is needed. We invite anyone experienced or interested in HPC teaching and training to participate in those discussions and get involved.