Women in HPC to Hold Annual Workshop at SC23 on Nov. 13

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sEPT. 29, 2023 — Women in HPC will hold its 16th annual workshop at SC23 on Monday, Nov. 13 from 9am-5pm MT in room 710 of the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver. More information can be found here.

The WHPC workshop aims to raise awareness and address issues around diversity and inclusion within the HPC community and workforce.

“Lack of diversity in the workforce is a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces,” WHPC said. “Research shows that diverse teams have increased productivity, creativity, problem-solving and scientific output. Thus, addressing the lack of diversity should be as important to the community as reaching exascale.”

The HPC community is only just beginning to measure how ‘leaky’ our pipeline is; particularly for women, attrition rates likely align with the general tech community figures: 41 percent of women working in tech eventually end up leaving the field (compared to just 17 percent of men), the organization said.

The WHPC workshop series traditionally has focused on gender diversity and issues primarily facing women. This year, the organization aims to increase the emphasis on diversity and inclusion of both women and men from underrepresented groups. This workshop is a key step in addressing one aspect of the underrepresentation of various minorities: helping to retain diverse employees in the field and providing them with the tools to prosper and excel.