SC10 aims to encourage growth of HPC workforce

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SC10 announced today that they are soliciting papers and panels for a special topic being emphasized at this year’s show, workforce development, and that the due date is coming up quick.

SC10 logoThe goal of the Special Topic is to bring together HPC representatives from industry, research institutions, national labs and academia to assess workforce needs and explore innovative education and training approaches and identify trends affecting the HPC workforce over the coming decade with a focus on:

  • Identifying and exploring specific skills and capabilities needed in the HPC workforce;
  • Descriptions of existing and new approaches to increase the skilled workforce;
  • Discussion of the trends and forces shaping HPC workforce needs;
  • New education and training approaches over the next 5 and 10 years.

Topics must fall into three broad areas: challenges, solutions, and “building for the future.”

Challenges: Curriculum development for HPC and cyberinfrastructure; proficiencies and skills needed in the workforce to meet the high performance computing needs of industry, academia, and government laboratories; impact of limited workforce on the adoption and use of HPC in industry, academia, and government; global needs for skilled practitioners in HPC and cyberinfrastructure; effects of growth of multi-core computing systems on workforce development needs; industry specific and cross-sector workforce development needs; and broadening participation.

Solutions: Course and curriculum development in academia, government, and industry; approaches to providing training and education to increase the skilled workforce in HPC and cyberinfrastructure; online and face-to-face educational approaches; data and computation – preparing practitioners to manage the data deluge; and efforts to broaden participation within underrepresented communities.

Building for the future: Workforce needs for the next 5 to 10 years; strategic directions and goals for HPC workforce development, education, and curriculum over the next decade; new and emerging approaches for the delivery of education and training to increase the workforce; emerging technology trends and forces (such as GPUs and multi-core computing) the HPC community will need to consider in curriculum development, education, and training.

Papers should be 5-10 pages long and follow IEEE Transactions format; panel proposals should include an abstract, position statement, audience, and proposed panelists. If you’re interested, you’d better get on the stick: submissions are due July 22.