HPCW 2019: 5th High Performance Containers Workshop

In conjunction with ISC HIGH PERFORMANCE

2019 June 16-20, Frankfurt, Germany

Linux Containers continue to gain momentum within data centers all over the world. They are able to benefit legacy infrastructures by leveraging the lower overhead compared to traditional, hypervisor-based virtualization. But there is more to Linux Containers, which this workshop will explore. Their portability, reproducibility and distribution capabilities outclass all prior technologies and disrupt former monolithic architectures, due to sub-second life cycles and self-service provisioning.

This workshop is organized in collaboration with PRACE-5IP WP6, and will outline the current state of Linux Containers in HPC/AI, what challenges are hindering the adoption in HPC/BigData and how containers can foster improvements when applied to the field of HPC, Big Data and AI in the mid- and long-term. By dissecting the different layers within the container ecosystem (runtime, supervision, engine, orchestration, distribution, security, scalability) this workshop will provide a holistic and a state-of-the-container overview, so that participants can make informed discussions on how to start, improve or continue their container adoption.


Workshop Format

The workshop will follow the concepts of the last 4 successful workshops at ISC by inviting leading members within the container industry (Mellanox, UberCloud, rCUDA, NVIDIA, Docker, Singularity/Sylabs), end-users from Bioinformatics labs, Enterprise Performance Computing, PRACE and participants of the Student cluster competition.

This workshop will solicit research papers from the broader research community, reviewed by renowned container experts within HPC/AI, and will comprise of invited speakers and research paper slots, with the general goal to provide a holistic view of the containerized ecosystem and compare different parts within this ecosystem with regards to what the provide and spark panel discussions about highly debated topics.


Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: April 20
  • Paper submission deadline: April 25
  • Author notification: May 15
  • Workshop Day: June 20
  • Camera-ready deadline: July 15


Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:


  • Provisioning and building containers for HPC systems.
  • Building portable and hardware optimized containers
  • Pre-build container images in contrast to runtime decisions on what specific system to run
  • Security of provenance and the build process; building from “untrusted” sources


  • Efficient management and distribution of images across large number of nodes
  • Container/image access control
  • Distribution and transport security


  • Container trust, security, and isolation
  • Performance benchmarking of containerised workloads
  • Containers inside VMs
  • Comparison of different container platforms in terms of security and performance
  • Container runtime environments
  • Providing a secure, easy to use RDMA networking to accelerate MPI applications


  • Scheduling and orchestration of container workloads
  • Integration with existing HPC/HTC schedulers, e.g. Slurm and HTCondor
  • Eligibility of container orchestration platforms (e.g. Kubernetes and Swarm) to manage HPC workloads

Use cases

  • Containers in Big Data, Modeling and Simulation, Life Sciences and AI/ML applications
  • Containerised RDMA, GPU, and MPI applications
  • High availability systems for containerized distributed workloads
  • Auxiliary Services tied to HPC/AI workflows
  • IoT/Edge computing if related to HPC/AI workloads

Other related topic

  • The impact of containers on software development in HPC and technical computing.
  • Monitoring (logs, events, metrics) and auditing in the area of containers
  • Other topics relevant to containers in HPC


Additional information and submission instructions can be found here >>