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10 Things Not to Miss at ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon checks in from Frankfurt to give us a preview of ISC 2017. There is much in store this week, so be sure not to miss a beat!

Women in HPC Workshop Returns to ISC 2017

ISC 2017 and WHPC will once again host the Women in HPC Workshop on June 22 in Frankfurt, Germany. “Entitled Diversifying the HPC Community, this workshop aims to provide leaders, managers, and individual contributors in the HPC community with methods to improve diversity while providing early career women an opportunity to develop their professional skills.”

Women in HPC Celebration comes to Salt Lake City on Nov. 15

The Women in HPC network is hosting a meetup celebration at SC16. The event will take place at Nov. 15 at 7:30pm – 9:00pm at Caffé Molise in Salt Lake City. “Join us to celebrate the growing community of women in the supercomputing community and the work of WHPC. This special networking evening will include drinks and an appetizer buffet. Hosted by EPCC in collaboration with Intel, Compute Canada and McMahon Consulting, the event is a great opportunity to celebrate the work done by WHPC and meet members, founders, advocates and supporters.”

Addressing Diversity at EuroMPI

“Improving diversity at conferences should be high up on the agenda for everyone. It is generally accepted that diversity in the workforce is a good thing: improving the representation of women in teams improves the overall performance of the teams, seeing women in positions that were traditionally male dominated helps to overcome the negative stereotypes that women are not suited to these roles as well as providing visible role models for future generations.”

WHPC Panel Looks at Diversity in the Workplace

In this video from the Women in HPC Workshop at ISC 2016, Kim McMahon moderates a panel discussion on Diversity in the Workplace. The panel will discuss methods that to improve workplace diversity, the challenges, successes and pitfalls they have experienced.

Women in HPC Keynote: Evidence-based Advice on Diversifying the HPC Community

“This workshop aims to recognize and discuss the challenges faced by women, one of many underrepresented groups that exist in HPC, as well as opportunities for broadening participation in HPC fields and activities to encourage women to enter the field with consideration of differing legislation affecting hiring and employment practices among the different countries. A keynote address and panel discussion will focus on strategies implemented by employers to diversify the HPC workforce and discuss the efficacy of the approaches.”

Interview: Women in HPC to Host Special Events at ISC 2016

This week, the Women in HPC organization announced a series of special events coming up at ISC 2016. To learn more, we caught up with WHPC Director Dr. Toni Collis from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh. “Most people don’t notice how un-diverse HPC really is. But when you start counting the number of women in the room, at the table, or in the C-suite, it is quite surprising.”

Full Listing of Ancilliary Events at ISC 2016

With ISC 2016 coming up in June, a number of ancillary events have been scheduled in Frankfurt to take advantage of this annual gathering of over 2500 supercomputing professionals. We’ve compiled a full listing for what looks to be an exciting week in the history of high performance computing.

Compute Canada Joins Women in HPC Network

Compute Canada has become the first international partner to join the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network. “Achieving gender balance in advanced research computing is an important goal for Compute Canada,” said Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer Compute Canada. “This is not just an important equality and balance issue. We know achieving gender balance, and diversity in general, improves innovation and research outputs. In order to meet the growing demand for HPC skillsets that address the increasing requirements of key industrial and academic sectors we must support and grow our skill base in this area.”

ISC to Showcase Women in HPC

With a BoF session and a special workshop on Women in HPC, the issue of gender diversity will be front and center at ISC High Performance in Frankfurt. “Improving diversity in the workforce is generally recognized as essential to meet the needs of a growing industry, improve European competitiveness, and improve productivity.”