D5.4: HPC Infrastructures Workshop #9
The 9th European Workshop on HPC Centre Infrastructures was hosted by CINECA and held in Hotel Savoia Regency, in Bologna, Italy, from 1 – 4 May 2018. For this workshop, BSC, CEA, CSCS, LRZ, PDC-KTH, and PSNC have invited CINECA to join the committee that organised and assembled the programme for the workshop. The workshop, upon invitation only, was very successful, with 83 participants, coming from Europe, America, and Australia. The workshop covered a broad range of topics relevant for HPC
... tre Infrastructure management: standards and regulation, energy efficiency strategies, including heat-reuse, total cost of ownership reduction strategies, energy procurement strategies, power provisioning for large infrastructures and its impact on the grid, characteristics, and infrastructural requirements of exascale systems to be expected in the coming years. The workshop brought together experts from the vendor side and experts from the HPC datacentre facility management side. The intention to collectively learn from problems encountered during datacentre operations was fully honoured. Several presentations from datacentre sites gave insightful and unabashed looks into the "kitchen" of their facility management, problems encountered, and the struggles and various solutions tried to overcome these. The PRACE closed session, held at the end of the workshop, gathered attendees from PRACE Tier-0 and Tier-1 sites. Several site representatives gave an update on specific datacentre infrastructure developments and there was an update on the European programme for Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions for HPC (PPI4HPC) in which four PRACE Tier-0 partners participate. The PRACE closed session gave the opportunity for exchanges between experts from the assembled PRACE sites. The workshop made possible the identification of important trends and assessments on the situation in Europe in terms of best practices in facility management, infrastructure design, and procurement practices for HPC centres.