19-20 May 2020
America/Chicago timezone

Speaker Information

Talk Content and Length

Most technical talks at HTCondor Week are 20 minutes long, including time for questions. We try to keep talks on schedule, so aim for a 15-18 minute presentation. We keep the talks short so we can hear from more members of the community, and also to reduce the workload for our speakers.

HTCondor Week offers a diverse audience. It includes system administrators who manage HTCondor pools as well as end users who 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 administer 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. The feel is more that of a user meeting than a typical conference. Don't feel that you must have formal results in order to present; we also like to hear talks such as what you hope to achieve, activities that have recently started, or areas where you think HTCondor could improve.


The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

How to submit an abstract

  1. Start by creating an account on our Indico system. (People who created an account last year can skip this step.)
  2. Login to the Indico system using the account you just created.
  3. Submit your abstract.
  4. You should receive an automatic confirmation email. We'll follow up closer to the event with details about how to upload your slides.

Submitting your slides

Please submit your slides by email, ideally in both PDF and Powerpoint formats, to htcondor-week@cs.wisc.edu no later than Friday, May 15.

Presentation Computer

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.


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.

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.