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Thursday, July 21 • 11:00am - 11:30am
AD: Estimating the Accuracy of User Surveys for Assessing the Impact of HPC Systems

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Each year, the Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) conducts a survey of its current and recent user community to gather a number of metrics about the scientific impact and outcomes from the use of CISL’s high-performance computing systems, particularly peer-reviewed publications. However, with a modest response rate and reliance on self-reporting by users, the accuracy of the survey is uncertain as is the degree of that uncertainty. To quantify this uncertainty, CISL undertook a project that attempted to provide statistically supported limits on the accuracy and precision of the survey approach. We discovered limitations related to the range of users’ HPC usage in our modeling phase, and several methods were attempted to adjust the model to fit the usage data. The resulting statistical models leverage data about the HPC usage associated with survey invitees to quantify the degree to which the survey undercounts the relevant publications. A qualitative assessment of the collected publications aligns with the statistical models, reiterates the challenges associated with acknowledgment for use of HPC resources, and suggests ways to improve the survey results further.

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David Hart

User Services Section Manager, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Sevilla InterContinental Miami