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When we originally announced the inaugural meeting of the Singularity User Group (SUG) in late 2018, we did so with an aggressive timeline for contributed talks. Listed alphabetically by author, the following five submissions were received by that early February deadline:

  • D. Dykstra, Fermilab – Singularity and High Throughput Computing
  • R. Francis, Ellexus – System telemetry and I/O profiling for cloud migration and containers
  • B. J. Lougee, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Using Singularity containers for research workflows and reproducible science
  • P. Pandit, Mellanox Technologies – Best practices for containerizing InfiniBand
  • L. Wilson & J. Lie, Monash University – Providing a national software repository for Interactive HPC

Each of these talks has been mutually accepted for presentation at SUG.

Even at this early stage in its development, the SUG technical program promises to deliver a singular experience – characterized by compelling content that is impressive in its breadth and depth. These five contributed talks complement the existing agenda for the technical program – a program already comprised of:

  • A keynote address from Singularity (plus CentOS and Warewulf) founder and Sylabs CEO Gregory Kurtzer
  • Keynote addresses from Shawn Strande and Mahidhar Tatineni of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
  • A hands-on Singularity session that will be lead by Sylabs’ Eduardo Arango
  • Presentations from four members of Sylabs’ engineering team that emphasize capabilities of the 3.0 Singularity release plus the developing integration with Kubernetes, to testing the resulting CGO projects, and finally use case applications  

Our extended deadline for contributing talks is scheduled for 11:59 pm PST today. We’ve already received a number of additional contributions since that early February deadline. Once the CFP closes later today, we’ll be reviewing the recent submissions and updating the agenda accordingly. Although we can’t offer a sneak peak into the second round of contributions yet, we can promise you this: the second round of submissions serves only to amplify the ‘Singularity’ of the event. We can hardly wait to share our next update to the technical program!

SUG is an event brought to you by Sylabs and SDSC. From the outset, it’s been about learning and sharing within the Singularity user, developer, and provider community. Even though the deadline closes today, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have an idea for a late-breaking contribution, as SUG is all about being inclusive.

Finally, with the imminent close of the CFP, we’ll be taking time to promote registration for the event over the next few weeks – as SUG is less than a month away, namely March 12-13, 2019. San Diego is providing us with a spectacular backdrop for the event, and SDSC will provide the venue itself. Attendance at the event is limited, so we encourage you to register at your earliest convenience.

If we haven’t already, we look forward to hearing from you very soon; and if we have, we look forward to seeing you in San Diego! Otherwise, please stay tuned as updates are certain to follow.

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