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TL;DR: CFP deadline extended to 2/15; tentative agenda updated with SDSC & Sylabs talks

Because content is the key component of any user group meeting, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief update as to how the inaugural meeting of SUG is shaping up.

The Singularity User Group is meeting March 12-13, 2019, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Singularity-minded people from SDSC and Sylabs have teamed up to provide this opportunity for the Singularity user, developer, and provider community to share and learn from each other in person. The event site can be found here.

Our tentative agenda on the event site has been recently updated to include the following details:

  • A hands-on Singularity session that will be lead by Sylabs’ Eduardo Arango
  • Keynote addresses from Shawn Strande and Mahidhar Tatineni of SDSC that will open the presentations at the event
  • 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  
  • A keynote address from Singularity (and CentOS) founder and Sylabs CEO Gregory Kurtzer will close out the presentations at the event

Although we’re quite excited about these additions to our agenda, we can hardly wait to share details regarding talks that have already been contributed by the Singularity user, developer, and provider community. Please stay tuned, as we’ll be making early acceptances known soon by fleshing out the agenda.

We set an aggressive timeframe with the original deadline to submit talk proposals. As many of you asked for a little more time, that original deadline has been extended to 11:59 PST on Friday, February 15, 2019. We hope that the additional week-and-a-half will provide you with the time you need to draft up your submission – literally, a title, and a few sentences.

Our Call for Papers/Presentations (CFP) is available online at the event site here. On this CFP page, you’ll find submission details, plus an indication of suggested topics.

Participating in SUG is one way to derive value from an event of this type. However, we can assure you that by speaking at the event, the value you’ll extract will be significantly greater. We know Singularity has amassed a significant and vibrant community that is already making excellent use of the software. SUG is the primary event to immerse yourself in when it comes to what Singularity is today; however, and perhaps even more importantly, what the software and its ecosystem will become tomorrow with our collective stewardship. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego, and especially to hearing from you through your talk at SUG.

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