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Thursday, July 13 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Sandstone HPC - A Domain-General Gateway for New HPC Users

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The complexity of high-performance computing (HPC) resources poses many challenges to new users. A number of science gateways have been developed to increase the productivity of novice users by hiding the underlying infrastructure, however these solutions tend not to teach HPC skills that transfer easily outside of the gateway. In this paper we introduce a domain-general gateway, Sandstone HPC, that represents the HPC environment more naturally to novice users by abstracting the command-line interface and providing contextual help. We assess the degree to which Sandstone HPC improves upon the usability of the command-line interface by analyzing the results of a usability study conducted on both environments. We will also detail how the architecture promotes long-term sustainability and a community-development model.

Thursday July 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Strand 12