Expressing and managing network policies for emerging HPC systems

Sergio Rivera, James Griffioen, Zongming Fei, Jane Huffman Hayes

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Traditional high performance computing (HPC) centers that operate a single large supercomputer cluster have not required sophisticated mechanisms to manage and enforce network policies. Recently, HPC centers have expanded to support a wide range of computational infrastructure, such as OpenStack-based private clouds and Ceph object stores, each with its own unique characteristics and network security requirements. Network security policies are becoming more complex and harder to manage. To address the challenge, this paper explores ways to define and manage the new network policies required by emerging HPC systems. As the first step, we identify the new types of policies that are required and the technical capabilities needed to support them. We present example policies and discuss ways to implement those policies using emerging programmable networks and intent-based networks. We describe our initial work toward automatically converting human readable network policies into network configurations and programmable network controllers that implement those policies using business rule management systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing
Subtitle of host publicationRise of the Machines (Learning), PEARC 2019
ISBN (Electronic)9781450372275
StatePublished - Jul 28 2019
Event2019 Conference on Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: Rise of the Machines (Learning), PEARC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 28 2019Aug 1 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference2019 Conference on Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: Rise of the Machines (Learning), PEARC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Association for Computing Machinery.


  • HPC Systems
  • Network Policies
  • Software-Defined Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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