SAGE2 @ SC19: Demonstrations, Birds of a Feather, and SCinet Participation

November 18th, 2019 - November 21st, 2019

Categories: Applications, Software, Supercomputing, User Groups, Tele-Collaboration, Remote Collaboration, Cybersecurity

SAGE2 Team Members at SC19
SAGE2 Team Members at SC19


NOVEMBER 18-21, 2019 - Members of the SAGE2™ Team who attended the IEEE/ACM SC19 conference - from University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications (LAVA), University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), and University of Hawai»i at Hilo - were involved in many tech transfer activities, notably research demonstrations, a Birds of a Feather (BOF) meeting, and maintaining two SAGE2 walls managed by the SCinet DevOps team. The SC19 conference was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

The “SAGE2 11th Annual International SC BOF: Scalable Amplified Group Environment for Global Collaboration” meeting was held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. The BOF provided a Forum for SAGE2 developers to meet with the SAGE/SAGE2 global user community and potential users; specifically:

- To introduce key SAGE2 team members
- To highlight new SAGE2 sites and use cases - participating users were Jason Haga of AIST (Japan) and Paul Navrátil of TACC (USA)
- To introduce SAGE2 v5
- To provide a forum for discussion and feedback

Download the SAGE2 presentation slides from the link at the bottom of this page.

SAGE2 Demonstrations
SAGE2 demonstrations took place in the StarLight research booth on the exhibition floor, November 18-21, 2019. Booth attendees saw firsthand SAGE2 v5’s many new and advanced features, and talked with the key developers.

In addition, SAGE2 partners from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) organized and hosted SAGE2 presentations in their research booth on the show floor, and also participated in collaborative demos between their booth and the StarLight booth.

SAGE2 SCinet Participation
SCinet is the SC conference’s highly sophisticated, high-performance network infrastructure that is designed and implemented by a large group of academic, government and industry volunteers. SCinet’s DevOps Team runs the internal software infrastructure for SCinet - including software to monitor and measure network flows to ensure services and provide alerts when there are issues. Starting in 2016, SCinet DevOps used SAGE2 on a tiled display wall outside their Network Operations Center in order to provide attendees with large-scale images about the network. This year, SCinet hosted two SAGE2 walls at the conference - SCinet Analytics and SC Theater.

The SC Theater, with seating for 20 and standing room as well, was located next to SCinet on the exhibit floor. It showcased presentations by students and technologists from the HPC community, focusing on data-driven scientific applications. SCinet generated a heat map of the exhibit floor to discover where attendees were spending their time (accessing people’s cell phone signals). Marc Lyonnais, SC19 SCinet Vice-Chair and Director of External Research at Ciena, commented that the heat map showed that the SC Theater equaled or outperformed large-scale industry booths with theater-style setups for vendor-specific presentations, depending on time of day! Note: The StarLight booth, where SAGE2 was demonstrated, was directly behind the SC Theater, so maybe those crowds were actually watching SAGE2 demos in the StarLight booth.