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Wednesday, July 12 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Comet - Tales from the Long Tail. Two Years In, and 10,000 Users Later

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The Comet petascale system (ACI #1341698) was put into production as an XSEDE resource in early 2015 with the goal of serving a much larger user community than HPC systems of similar size. The Comet project set an audacious goal of reaching over 10,000 users in its 4-years of planned operation, a goal which has now been achieved in less that two years, due in large part to the adoption of science gateways, and as a result of policies that favor smaller allocations, and thus encourage more users. Here we describe our experiences in operating and supporting this system, highlight some of the important science that has been enabled by Comet, and provide some practical lessons we have learned by operating a system designed for the long tail.

Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Bolden 5