WHPC November 2018 Newsletter

Downtime away from work is increasingly important in today’s fast-paced world, so for those of you celebrating Christmas this month, we hope you have a great, and well-deserved break from work. For everyone else, we’d love to hear what goes on at this time of year for you too, and what time of year your important downtime takes place.

In this month’s newsletter we are thrilled to share that we are welcoming Intel as our first corporate Champion! We also share a round-up of our SC18 activities. If you want to get more involved in WHPC’s activities, you can now join any of our chapters via the WHPC membership settings.
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Intel Named First WHPC Corporate Champion

We are delighted to announce that the Intel Corporation is WHPC’s very first Corporate Champion. The Corporate Champions programme aims to build the foundation for sustainable WHPC programs and provides support for our mission.

“Intel understands the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development of high performance computing solutions,” said Trish Damkroger, Vice President and General Manager, Intel’s Data Center Group. “Since WHPC’s inception, Intel has actively supported the organization’s goals and has partnered with the HPC ecosystem to increase participation of under-represented groups — women and those with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds — in computational and data science programs.”

WHPC programs are evidence-based and deliver results, whether it be creating platforms for early career women seeking new positions, training allies on best practices, or supporting a global and growing network of expert and professional women in the sector. Intel is the first of hopefully many corporations making a commitment to supporting women in the sector.

WHPC@SC18: A Roundup

WHPC had such an amazing week at SC, so full of incredible connections and inspirational women! Some of the highlights include:

  • The traditional Women in HPC Workshop and evening reception: these popular events continue to grow beyond what we could have dreamed of when Women in HPC was formed!

  • Our first BoF on the importance of male allies: delivered to a room packed full of not only women but also men, definitely something we’d like to repeat!

  • Our first face-to-face WHPC Chapters Committee meeting: advancing our Chapters program and building grassroots activities targeted at the needs of local HPC communities.

As our membership continues to grow, we hope that you encourage your colleagues to join, too! All genders are welcome in WHPC — men belong in the conversation and have an essential role in eliciting positive changes.

Are Overflowing Inboxes Contributing to Unconscious Bias?

When the goal of Inbox Zero feels unattainable, people rely on heuristics to figure out which emails to answer and which to ignore. Some shortcuts, like always answering emails from your boss, meet important productivity goals, but others, such as how you decide which other emails to prioritize, could be reducing the diversity (and therefore quality) of your network. Click to find out more about how your email inbox goals may allow biased behaviours to creep in.

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Women and Girls Less Likely to be Considered for Brainy Tasks

When a task is thought to require hard work, everyone is likely to be considered for it, regardless of gender. But when it requires intelligence, all eyes turn to the male side of the house. Due to the stereotypes that boys succeed by intelligence while girls succeed by working hard, women are more than 25% less likely to be nominated to perform a task requiring intelligence.

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Opportunities in HPC

Make sure you stay in touch with what WHPC is doing each month between newsletters.

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If you are looking for your next opportunity, be sure to keep an eye on the WHPC Resources page, where we list new job opportunities in the HPC sector from around the world.

Open Positions:

 If you are keen to recruit a diverse set of individuals to your team, we are currently offering free advertising on the WHPC website and sending relevant job postings to our members.

WHPC does not directly endorse any of these advertisements, nor do we receive any funding for advertising. Our aim is simply to put prospective employers in contact with prospective employees .We take no responsibility for the contents of the adverts or any inaccuracies.


Just the Facts

This is the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) members newsletter. If you would like to join WHPC and receive this newsletter in your inbox each month and get first access to our events you can join online for free.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or items you would like to include in future newsletters please contact us at We are particularly interested in hearing from event organisers or programmes that are looking to recruit women and would like to have their information shared in the Opportunities section of our newsletter.

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