Women In HPC January 2017 Newsletter
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Welcome, 2017!


Happy New Year! January is almost behind us and February is just around the corner. Before we know it, it will be June and we will be at ISC in Frankfurt!

As with past ISC events, the Women in HPC will have a major presence at the show. We are busy planning, and we will share our activities via our website, social media, and newsletters.

ISC is just one place you will see us this year — we will be present at many events. Help us by sharing our social media profiles and invitations to subscribe to our newsletter with your colleagues who you think may be interested. With your help we can spread the WHPC word!

Training: Message Passing Programming with MPI

15-17 February 2017, University College in London

Our first event of the year will be held 15-17 February, in collaboration with the the UK National Supercomputing Facility ARCHER. We will be providing a free course introducing Message Passing Programming.

The world’s largest supercomputers are used almost exclusively to run applications which are parallelised using Message Passing. This course covers all of the basic knowledge required to write parallel programs using this programming model, and is directly applicable to the majority of parallel computer architectures.  

This event consists of three days of talks, practical sessions, and case studies. Held at the University College in London, registration is free.

Annual WHPC UK Event: Building a Diverse HPC Community with Your Organisation

5-April-2017, University of Leeds

As you know, one of our goals at WHPC is to help with education and tools for those who are striving to diversify their workforce, such as managers, those who hire, and diversity advocates within an organization.

The WHPC UK Event, held at the University of Leeds on 5 April, will examine:
  • How to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment.

  • Discussion on unconscious bias, stereotype threat, and imposter syndrome.

  • How to counter team member feelings that they may not be “good enough” or are a “fraud.”

  • The effects of diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and how they impact employers, employees, advisors, managers, and your peers.

As we get more information, we’ll share via our website and social media.

EuroMPI Workshop: Coming to the US!

September 2017, Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago

The second EuroMPI Careers in HPC Workshop, to be held in association with EuroMPI 2017 at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, IL, in September 2017, will provide hands-on sessions for developing the key skills required to excel in a career using MPI in the HPC community.

The workshop will focus on the issue of work-life balance, which is extremely challenging for both women and men in the face-paced, demanding field of HPC. Two keynotes and a panel discussion will focus on strategies and challenges of work-life balance, providing diverse perspectives on these challenges across senior members of the MPI community.  

Don’t forget to also join the EuroMPI conference. EuroMPI is a strong supporter of Women in HPC, and their conference is a great opportunity to find out about MPI. MPI is now 25 years old and remains the most widely-used and influential interface standard for parallel scientific computing using the message-passing model. The “25 years of MPI Symposium” will offer critical, personal, and historical reflections and insights into the many aspects of the standardization process by some of the many individuals who were at crucial points involved in or otherwise influencing the process.

More details on the WHPC workshop will be in our March newsletter, but if you wish to be involved in the main EuroMPI conference, don’t forget the following key dates:

Call for papers due on 1 May 1 2017
Call for posters due 30 June 2017

Other Fun Stuff

Exciting news from Sweden! The Swedish Government will establish a gender equality agency to help ensure effective implementation of gender equality policy. “The Government's feminist policy must have a clear impact and make a difference to people's lives. Several inquiries have concluded that the organisation of gender equality policy is fragmented and inadequate. A gender equality agency is needed to guarantee that political priorities gain traction, so that work towards a gender-equal society can be more strategic and effective. It is crucial to develop gender equality efforts as we modernise the Swedish model,” says Sweden's Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér.

HPCwire posted a story about a HackerRank study that concludes the best women coders come from Russia, Italy, and Poland. They go on to state that attracting women to STEM careers is an ongoing challenge, though progress is being made (see HPCwire interview: A Conversation with Women in HPC Director Toni Collis). In the HackerRank study, roughly 17 percent of all coders participating in its challenges are women. Interestingly, the 17 percent figure roughly mirrors the proportion of women in technical positions at Google (17 percent) and Facebook (15 percent), according to HackerRank.  

WHPC Blog: Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Sciences (SIParCS)
WHPC Blog: Women, STEM and the F-Word: Are you a feminist?
WHPC Blog: Top 10 Things to Love About HPC and the SC Conference

Just the Facts

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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.

Previous WHPC newsletters are available on our website here.


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