WHPC November 2018 Newsletter

Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) will again be leading the conversation on diversity and inclusion in the HPC community at our biggest annual event at this year’s Supercomputing conference (SC18). Women in HPC has grown into an organisation and network with global reach, holding programmes of events at the major international supercomputing and IT conferences.

The support from the community this year has been incredible. We are delighted to be joined in our efforts by both new and old partners and in particular, Arista Networks, who is supporting our Diversity Day at SC18 by providing WHPC T-shirts, and Intel, our Anchor Supporter for the WHPC Evening Networking Reception.

Read on to find out more about all of our SC18 activities — we hope to see you there. If not, join the conversation online on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

WHPC Activities at SC18

Sunday, November 11, 9am-5:30pm: 9th International WHPC Workshop, Room D220

Our ninth international workshop will include a series of talks on best practices for diversity, a special session on developing personalised resilience toolkits, and a keynote presentation from Dr. Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

Monday, November 12, 7:30-8:30 am: Mentoring and Chapters Breakfast — Invitation Only

Thanks to the kind support of AWS, we are delighted to be hosting a Mentoring and Chapters breakfast at SC18. This event is invitation only, but an essential part of building the community of women who excel in the international HPC workforce.

Tuesday, November 13: Diversity Day 2018

We are asking our supporters to wear a WHPC T-shirt, courtesy of Arista Networks, and WHPC #WeAreHPC wristbands on Tuesday, November 13th, and tweet selfies of themselves and colleagues to inspire the diversity conversation at SC18. T-shirts and wristbands can be collected from the Sunday workshop or our Chapter Booths during the Monday Evening Gala:

  • University of Michigan (booth #1204)

  • EPCC (booth #280)

  • PRACE (booth #2033)

  • Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) (booth #2310)

  • Purdue University (booth #1005)

  • Compute Canada (booth #2303)

Tuesday, November 13: 6:30-9:30 pm: Networking Reception

Join us at the third annual WHPC@SC networking reception at Cafe Herrera on Lamar (at the Omni Dallas) for a special networking evening with appetizers and drinks. The event is hosted by Anchor Supporter Intel in collaboration with Career Supporters Compute Canada, EPCC, Lenovo, IBM, NAG, NCSA, and University of Michigan, and our Diversity and Media Supporter Science Node. Come celebrate the work done by WHPC and meet members, founders, advocates, and supporters. Places are limited, so register soon.

Wednesday, November 14th, 12:15pm-1:15pm: BoF — The Importance of Male Allies

In a male-dominated field such as HPC, male allies are particularly vital to ensure that women advance equitably in their careers. Research shows that men who work to support, mentor, and sponsor their women colleagues are viewed favorably, while women advocating for equity are viewed unfavorably. Organizations with effective male allies exhibit improved career satisfaction and better retention of women. In this BoF, panelists will explore how male allies have made a difference in their careers and contrast their allyship with examples of exclusionary experiences.

Purdue’s All-Women Student Cluster Competition Team

Young women interested in pursuing computer science have six new role models: the members of Purdue’s first all-women student supercomputing team. The team, known as Ada Six in honor of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, will compete in the Student Cluster Competition at the upcoming SC18 supercomputing conference.  

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How to Get Ahead in Networking

Kalina Dunn, one of five women selected for the WINS program at SC18, shares what she loves about networks and provides advice on how to build a professional network as well as a computer network. Learn more about this computer network engineer from Indiana University.

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Opportunities in HPC

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


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

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