HTCondor Week 2016

University of Wisconsin — Madison, Wisconsin — May 17–20, 2016

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Information for HTCondor Week Speakers

Do you want to give a talk?

Thank you very much, we would love to hear your proposal! Please contact us. The following information will be helpful:

If possible, we ask for your talk's final title by Tuesday, May 3 (two weeks before the conference) to ensure an accurate listing of talks in printed materials.

Talk Schedule

Most technical talks are 20 minutes long, including time for questions and answers. We try to keep talks on schedule, so aim for a 15-18 minute presentation. Talks are scheduled for all day Wednesday, May 18; all-day Thursday, May 19; and the morning of Friday, May 20.

Tutorials vary in length. Tutorials are scheduled for all day on Tuesday, May 17.

Talk Content

HTCondor Week offers a diverse audience. It includes system administrators that manage HTCondor pools as well as end-users that are just learning how to use HTCondor. Some people have computer science backgrounds, while others are scientists or managers.

If you are an end-user talking about how you use HTCondor, try to balance the description of your work with the description of how you use HTCondor. If you are a HTCondor system administrator, search for a balance between the nitty gritty details and the big picture of how you use HTCondor.

But above all, don't worry too much about your talk. HTCondor Week attendees are a relaxed crowd that enjoys learning more about HTCondor and how people use it.

Presentation Computer

Please send your talk to us at least four hours in advance of your presentation.

In order to keep talks moving along smoothly, we would like your presentation several hours in advance of the talk. To facilitate smooth transitions between speakers, we will put your talk on the computer being used for presentations. If you must use your own laptop to project, we will allow it, but we strongly prefer using our computer. Using our computer avoids delays between talks while we work out how to get your computer to work with our projector.

We do not yet have the specifications for the presentation computer, but it will likely be similar to last year's: a Macintosh with Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011 (14.4.5), OpenOffice 4.0.1, and Preview 8.0 (PDF reader) installed.

For PowerPoint, we recommend embedding your fonts; see the "Embed fonts in the file" option in the save options. We have had problems with OpenOffice fonts in the past: if you aren't using animations consider exporting a PDF, otherwise stick to widely available fonts: Arial, Courier New, and Times New Roman.

Our projector will likely be similar to last year's. In 2015, we supported 1280×720 (16:9 aspect ratio) and 1024×768 (4:3 aspect ratio). We supported VGA and HDMI. If you need to use your own laptop, we support VGA and HDMI; be sure to bring any adapters you might need.

Posting of Talks

We will post your slides on the HTCondor Week 2016 web page. Ideally we will post them before you present, because some listeners like to follow along on their laptop. We typically post the original format (PowerPoint, Keynote, OpenOffice, etc.) and a PDF export. If you do not wish for your talk to be posted on our web page, please contact us as soon as possible.


Please meet the moderator for your session (posted on the agenda) at the end of the previous session or shortly before your session begins. This is your opportunity to ensure the moderator will correctly pronounce your name during the introduction and to sort out last-minute questions and issues.

Please send your talk to us at least four hours in advance of your presentation. We will see that slides are on the website and on the presentation computer.

A few minutes before you are scheduled to speak, please head to the front left side of the hall. Your moderator will meet you there and will help you get set up with the microphone and show you how to use the remote control.

HTCondor versus Condor

Our software is now called HTCondor. To minimize confusion, we ask that your slides use HTCondor and not Condor.