The 'Linux Container' workshop at the ISC 2019 is called: 5th Annual High Performance Container Workshop

It is going to take place as part of the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt on June 20nd from 9AM to 6PM at the Marriott Hotel.

Previous ISC Workshops


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 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.

Important Dates

Dates are as follows:

  • Abstract submission deadline: April 20
  • Paper submission deadline: April 25
  • Author notification: May 15
  • Conference-ready deadline: June 14
  • Workshop Day: June 20
  • Camera-ready deadline: July 15
    The idea behind post-conference proceedings is that they give the authors the flexibility to adjust their contributions slightly based on the feedback given during the workshops


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 and participants of the Student cluster competition. In addition, the workshop will solicit research papers from the broader research community, reviewed by renowned container experts within HPC/AI.


The agenda will be structured to shed light on different aspects of containerized environment. Discussions are ongoing, current proposal is to structure each section as follows:

  • Introduction to motivate section
  • Series of lightning talks (5-10min)
  • Panel discussion including a Q&A
Topics of Interest
  • Build
    • Provisioning and building containers for HPC systems.
    • Building portable, hardware optimized containers
    • Pre-build images in contrast to runtime decisions on what specific system to run
    • Security of provenance and the build process; building from “untrusted” sources
    • rootless builds
  • Distribute
    • How to efficiently manage images that are run across a large number of nodes, without the need of downloading the image content and creating a container file system snapshot
    • Managing access so that users can only see their images
    • Distribution and transport security
  • Runtime
    • Security and isolation of containers
    • Performance benchmarking of containerized workloads
    • Scheduling and orchestration of containers
    • Container runtime environments
    • Providing a secure, easy to use RDMA networking to accelerate MPI applications
  • Platform/Orchestration
    • Comparison of different container platforms in terms of security and performance
    • Integration with existing HPC schedulers
    • What does the broader container orchestration platforms (e.g. Kubernetes and Swarm) provide for HPC?
  • Use-cases
    • Containers in Big Data, Modeling and Simulation, Life Sciences and AI/ML applications
    • Containerized 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
  • Related
    • Other topics relevant to containers in HPC
    • The impact of containers on software development in HPC and technical computing.
    • Monitoring (logs, events, metrics) and auditing in the area of containers

General Chair

Christian Kniep, Docker Inc.

Program and Publications Chairs:

  • Abdulrahman Azab, University of Oslo & PRACE
  • Shane Canon, NERSC


We encourage everyone to reach out and suggest content.

The Call For Paper can be found here