[CentOS-devel] [HPC SIG] "talking points" for an HPC event

Rich Bowen rbowen at redhat.com
Fri Apr 27 13:12:39 UTC 2018

On 04/27/2018 09:00 AM, Adrian Reber wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 04:23:27PM -0400, Rich Bowen wrote:
>> I was hoping to get the attention of folks from the HPC SIG to help me craft
>> a message to take to an HPC event that I'll be attending soon - ISC-HPC in
>> Frankfurt. I expect that you're aware of it.
> Yes. I will probably also be there at the OpenHPC booth.
>> Last year, I got questions regarding what's happening in the HPC SIG in
>> CentOS, and I know at that time it was still fairly young. I was hoping to
>> get something from you - whether bullet points, a blog post, a video I
>> should watch, or whatever - so that this year I will be better informed, and
>> can answer questions intelligently about what's happening in HPC in CentOS.
>> I see just one email to this list, from back in October, from Adrian Reber,
>> about the first SIG meeting, but nothing since then. Are you having regular
>> meetings that I should attend between now and June?
>> Thanks for any info you can pass my way.
> Unfortunately there is not much, and I am not really sure about the
> goals of the HPC SIG. I initially started to build the OpenHPC packages
> in CBS and was able to successfully build all the packages for x86_64,
> aarch64 and ppc64le.
> My goal was to provide the OpenHPC packages built with devtoolset-7 for
> a better integration into the distribution. So while this would work I
> am not sure it makes sense to divide the OpenHPC users between builds
> from CBS and directly from OpenHPC. Having it via CentOS would make it
> easier for the users to enable those packages and it would also benefit
> from the large mirror network, but I am not sure it actually benefit the
> OpenHPC project. OpenHPC not just builds for CentOS but also for SLES
> and they also, in addition to gcc, provide builds with the Intel and ARM
> compiler.
> It would be possible to provide a base set of OpenHPC packages directly
> via a CentOS add-on repository, but as long as there is no buy-in from
> the OpenHPC community, which is unlikely due to the reasons above, I am
> not sure if it is useful instead of telling the users to just go
> directly to OpenHPC.
> I guess, this is not the answer you were hoping for.

It is, in the sense that I wanted to know what's happening, and where to 
point people.

While I'd like to have more of a CentOS spin to the story, what really 
matters is that the users are getting what they need.


Rich Bowen - rbowen at redhat.com
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