Women In HPC November 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the January 2017 Women in HPC Members Newsletter.

Welcome to the January 2018 Women in HPC newsletter. This new year brings with it big things for WHPC and we are delighted to share them with you in this newsletter.

This newsletter also includes information for students able to volunteer at the ISC High Performance Conference. Taking part in a conference is a great opportunity, and by volunteering you help keep your costs down but still get to experience much of the conference program. Check out the information below.

Finally, as with all our newsletters, at the bottom you can find current job opportunities open in the international community. So if you are looking for a change, make sure you take a look.

New leadership team for WHPC

WHPC is now approaching its 4th birthday, and has grown far beyond what our founders envisaged when we launched in the UK in April 2014. We have expanded to include a truly international audience and run events around the world. In recognition of this 2018 will be a year of transition for the organisation. We want to recognise the input of our members and volunteers from across the international community as we believe that you, our members, are the ones that can really make a difference. To help with this, we have put in place a transition plan that will allow us to develop a constitution for the organisation during 2018 and enable more involvement from our members.To help bring about this change, the Advisory Board who have guided WHPC since 2015, agreed at SC17 to dissolve, and we have reorganised into two transitional bodies who will develop WHPC during 2018. These are the new WHPC Executive Board, and a Steering Committee, who will help provide guidance and insight during the year’s transition. Both teams are filled with those who are passionate about WHPC and our mission, and have supported us over the years. We will also be looking forward to listening to our members on what will work best, and will be keeping you informed as we make progress.

For now, we would like to introduce you to the new WHPC Executive Board:

  • Chair: Toni Collis (Appentra S.L.)
  • Vice Chair & Director of Business Development: Kelly Nolan (Talent Strategy)
  • Director of Chapters: Sharon Broude Geva (University of Michigan)
  • Director of Communications: Lisa Arafune (Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation)
  • Director of Research: Lorna Rivera (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Treasurer: George Beckett (EPCC)
  • General Secretary: Marjolein Oorsprong (PRACE)

ISC Student volunteers program

The ISC High Performance organizers call on students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in computer science, or any STEM-related fields, to apply to their student volunteer program. ISC 2018 will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from June 24- 28 and expects over 3,500 attendees.

As a promoter of gender equality and geographic diversity, the organizers encourage regional and international students with an affinity for information technology or high-performance computing, to apply. The application deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Volunteers attend the tutorials, conference sessions, workshops and the ISC STEM Day & Gala for free. Housing is also provided for out-of-town students."

Be as student volunteer at ISC 2018

Attend the IXPUG users group meeting in Bologna, Italy

The Intel eXtreme Performance Users Group (IXPUG) event at CINECA -March 5-7, 2018- will focus on all aspects of employing and adopting many-core processing technologies. Topics that cover system hardware beyond the processor (e.g. memory, interconnect); software tools and programming models; and new workloads (e.g. visualization, data analytics, machine learning) will also be at the centre of the conference.

Call for Presentations: IXPUG welcomes submissions on innovative work from Intel platform and product users in academia, industry and government labs, describing original discoveries and experiences that will promote and prescribe efficient use of many-core and multi-core systems. The authors of the best scored abstracts and draft presentations will be selected for a 30 minute technical presentation; others may be offered an opportunity to present a shorter 10-15 minute lightning talk.

Submission Guidelines: The abstract submission process opened on January 3, 2018 and will close on February 2, 2018. All submitters must upload presentations to the IXPUG EasyChair site. The final presentations are due on March 2, 2018 and the content should reflect the overall intent outlined in the abstract submission.

Register for IXPUG now

The Women in HPC Blog and Job Opportunities in HPC

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

Last month’s posts:


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 term we are currently offer free advertising on the WHPC website and to our members for jobs relevant 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 and 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.

Previous WHPC newsletters are available on our website.
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