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TL;DR: Two, full days of compelling technical content now finalized and available here.

When the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Sylabs first committed to an inaugural meeting of the Singularity User Group, what was exceedingly clear was that the schedule and the scope framed for contributed talks was, well, aggressive!

By our initial deadline of February 5, 2019, we received only five submissions in response to our Call for Presentations – an outcome that wasn’t entirely surprising, even to us. However, the breadth of these initial five submissions was quite impressive in spanning high throughput computing, system telemetry and I/O profiling, reproducible science, best practices for containerizing InfiniBand plus national software repositories for interactive HPC.

By extending the deadline on our CFP for another ten days, we received more than enough submissions to flesh out a full, two-day agenda with compelling content. In reviewing the breadth of the dozen or so topics originally suggested through the CFP, it is evident that the agenda we’ve collectively arrived at covers almost all interests through one or more submissions. As anticipated in previous posts, it is these contributed talks that will truly make SUG an extremely valuable experience. Now that the agenda is content complete, we encourage you to review it in detail at the SUG website here.

Upon review, you’ll notice that these contributed talks will be complemented by:

  • A leading keynote address from the founder of Singularity (plus CentOS and Warewulf) and Sylabs CEO and founder Gregory Kurtzer
  • A presentation from SUG sponsor Lenovo on LiCO and Singularity by Senior AI Software & Solutions Manager J. J. Falkanger
  • Hands-on Singularity sessions that will be lead by Sylabs’ Eduardo Arango
  • Presentations from four members of Sylabs’ engineering team that emphasize capabilities of the 3.x Singularity releases plus the developing integration with Kubernetes, to testing the resulting CGO projects, and finally workload management and orchestration  
  • A closing Keynote addresses from Shawn Strande and Mahidhar Tatineni of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

If you were “undecided” about SUG, we believe this technical program will allow for an easy and immediate decision to participate. Because attendance is constrained by the SDSC venue itself, there is a cap on participation, and we therefore urge you to make concrete plans by registering for SUG today! At the present time, the event is expected to establish the desired ‘critical mass’ to make for fulsome yet diverse interaction in a setting that remains reasonably intimate.

Although we may be able to share recordings of talks some time after the event is over, the best way to experience SUG is to immerse directly in it – directly by participating in person with the Singularity user, developer, and provider community.

SUG is less than two weeks away at this point. We can hardly wait, and look forward to meeting you in beautiful San Diego!

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