Linux Clusters Institute seeking host institutions

10.01.19 -

The Linux Clusters Institute (LCI) is currently seeking applications from institutions interested in hosting the 2020 LCI Introductory, Intermediate, OR Advanced Workshops. These workshops provide education and technical training for the deployment and use of computing clusters to the high performance computing community worldwide.

The deadline to submit your host site letter of interest is October 16, 2019.

LCI plans to offer three workshops in 2020:

  • An INTERMEDIATE workshop in March 2020 (See the past workshop for details on the content typically covered at the Intermediate workshop.)
  • An ADVANCED workshop in May or June 2020 (This is a new three-day workshop that LCI will be offering with a focus on storage. An instructor has already been identified to lead this workshop.)
  • An INTRODUCTORY workshop in September or October 2020 (See the past workshop for details on the content typically covered at the Introductory workshop.)

NOTE: This will be a two-stage process. If your letter of interest form is accepted, we will soon follow-up and ask you to fill out a more detailed host site proposal form regarding meeting room options, catering options, costs, travel/lodging options for participants, etc.

The INTERMEDIATE and INTRODUCTORY workshops will run Monday-Friday. The ADVANCED workshop will run Tuesday-Thursday. The candidate weeks are in the host site letter of interest form.

Host sites are responsible for:

  • arranging workshop spaces, meal spaces, lodging etc;
  • identifying catering options and costs;
  • co-leading the planning of the event (as part of the workshop organizing committee);
  • helping us to publicize the workshop;
  • INTERMEDIATE and INTRODUCTORY workshops only: helping to identify instructors (while not required, it is preferred that the host site is able to provide instructors from their local area to help save on travel costs) as well as qualified people who can serve as assistants as-needed during the hands-on/lab portions of the workshop;
  • ADVANCED workshop: the instructor has been identified, but the host will be asked to provide one or more qualified people who can serve as assistants as-needed during the hands-on/lab portions of the workshop;
  • coordinating with instructors and other workshop personnel (some of whom may be from other institutions);
  • conducting the workshop onsite;
  • providing lightweight reporting about the workshop back to the LCI.

The host institution will be reimbursed by LCI for any costs incurred (catering, room rental fees, supplies, etc.).

Please note that hosting an LCI workshop requires a significant amount of time and effort, so it would help if someone at your has experience coordinating events like these.

Hosting an LCI Workshop is a rewarding experience and allows HPC system administrators in your local area the opportunity to participate in a high-quality training experience without incurring travel costs.

For more details, visit http://linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/. If you have questions, contact Leslie Froeschl at lfroesch@illinois.edu. The Linux Clusters Institute Steering Committee looks forward to receiving your application!