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NAG Awarded Chapter status by Women-in-HPC

Today the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) announced that it has been recognized as one of the first Chapters in the new Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Pilot Program. “The WHPC Chapter Pilot will enable us to reach an ever increasing community of women, provide these women with the networks that we recognize are essential for them excelling in their career, and retaining them in the workforce.” says Dr. Sharon Broude Geva, WHPC’s Director of Chapters and Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC) at the University of Michigan (U-M). “At the same time we envisage that the new Chapters will be able to tailor their activities to the needs of their local community as we know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to diversity.”

Mentorship fosters a Career in STEM

In this special guest feature, Faith Singer-Villalobos from TACC continues her series profiling Careers in STEM. It’s the inspiring story of Je’aime Powell, a TACC System Administrator and XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Services Consultant. “Options, goals, and hope are what can set you on a path that can change your life,” Powell said.

Students: Sign up now for ISC STEM Student Day in Frankfurt

Registration for the ISC STEM Student Day program is now open. As part of the ISC 2018 conference, the full-day program is free of charge and takes place June 27 in Frankfurt, Germany. “We have created a program to welcome science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students into the world of HPC, demonstrate how technical skills in this area can propel your future career, introduce you to the current job landscape, and show you what the HPC workforce will look like in 2020 and beyond.”

Jon Bashor Retires After 27 Years of Service to National Labs

LBNL Communications Manager Jon Bashor has announced his retirement after 27 years with the national lab system. “As communications manager, Jon has been key to the visibility of Berkeley Lab’s computing program, both through written articles and other material produced by Jon and his team and his community leadership—including several years of organizing the DOE booth at SC, the annual supercomputing conference,” said Associate Lab Director Kathy Yelick.

HiPEAC18 Conference to Focus on Performance and Security Next Week in Manchester

Coming up next week in Manchester, the HiPEAC 2018 conference will once again bring together the best minds in computer architecture and compilation to exploit the enormous potential of new computing paradigms. “The HiPEAC conference is the flagship networking event of our 2000-strong community of computing experts,’ says HiPEAC coordinator Koen de Bosschere of Ghent University. “This year we are very happy to have two leading European companies (ARM for mobile computing and DeepMind for deep learning) as the main sponsors of the event. They are creating the key technological components of future smart devices.”

Video: House Hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology

In this video. the House Subcommittee on Research & Technology and Subcommittee on Energy holds a hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology. “Quantum technology can completely transform many areas of science and a wide array of technologies, including sensors, lasers, materials science, GPS, and much more. Quantum computers have the potential to solve complex problems that are beyond the scope of today’s most powerful supercomputers. Quantum-enabled data analytics can revolutionize the development of new medicines and materials and assure security for sensitive information.”

NERSC lends a hand to 2017 Tapia Conference on Diversity in Computing

The recent Tapia Conference on Diversity in Computing in Atlanta brought together some 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers and professionals in computing from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities to learn from leading thinkers, present innovative ideas and network with peers.

Bringing Diversity to Computational Science

“Computing is one of the least diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, with an under-representation of women and minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics. Leveraging this largely untapped talent pool will help address our nation’s growing demand for data scientists. Computational approaches for extracting insights from big data require the creativity, innovation, and collaboration of a diverse workforce.”

OSC Supercomputers Power STEM Learning Across the Globe

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is help teachers like Sultana Nahar, Ph.D. conduct computational workshops as part of her lecture courses. Through physics and STEM courses and workshops, Nahar has been improving the computational skills of the scientific community one person at a time with the hope that more breakthroughs will be made. “One of the most important parts of STEM education and research is computation of parameters for solving real problems,” Nahar said. “It’s not easy to calculate and we need very high accuracy in our results, that can only be achieved through precise computations with high performance computer facilities.”

PEARC17 Seeds Next Generation of HPC Professionals

Today PEARC17 announced that 66 students will attend their conference coming up July 9-13 in New Orleans. PEARC17—Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017—is for those engaged with the challenges of using and operating advanced research computing on campuses or for the academic and open science communities. This year’s inaugural conference offers a robust technical program, as well as networking, professional growth and multiple student participation opportunities.