Diversity and Inclusivity – FAIL

Diversity and Inclusivity – FAIL

I originally published this blog on 27-July. Many of you engaged with me and provided your comments – a testament that this blog really hit home for many of you. So, this behavior is real and although this blog is a variation of a situation, this apparently happens in everyday life to many of us. This blog hit home with some people who believed it was written about them. I was encouraged to remove my blog from LinkedIn, Twitter, and my website. And I did. And I was immediately disappointed in myself for (1) not standing behind what I wrote and (2) not trusting myself that what I wrote was …

Another Senseless Death

Another Senseless Death

A good friend of mine lost their son. Going through this type of thing myself short 18 months ago, this got me thinking about my experience. And I started writing. Two themes came out as I wrote: (1) Advice I could provide to their friends and family on how to interact with someone when the unthinkable happens and (2) Reflections on my experience.   I think I know how they are feeling, but I really don’t. Death affects everyone differently. You put yourself in their shoes and offer advice you think they need. You may know how they are feeling, but you just don’t.   People don’t know what to …

Top 10 Things to Look Forward to at SC17

Top 10 Things to Look Forward to at SC17

Originally published on insideHPC.   It’s that time of year we all look forward to! We have been waiting for it all year, preparing, and holding our excitement until it starts! It’s not vacation, it’s not the holidays, it’s Supercomputing! In the tradition started at SC14, here is the pre-show Top 10 things I’m looking forward to at this years SC Conference. 1. Denver You gotta love it when the conference is in your home town. No airports, no ground transportation, just load up the family truckster and make your way to the convention center area. This year I get to bring my two favorite family members, Connor and Coal, …

Child Care at SC17 – a big deal and benefit to attendees.

Child Care at SC17 – a big deal and benefit to attendees.

Deadline to sign up: 20-October 2017 This article originally published in HPCwire. I’ve been thinking about this child care thing – on a couple of different fronts. First, if you are working parent who would like to come to the conference but can’t because of lack of help taking care of your child, it’s a huge deal. But there’s a non-trivial ripple effect to this benefit because the HPC community as a whole is richer for the greater participation that might otherwise be lost. I’m also thinking about how to get the word out. The SC team has written some about this, but this is such an important topic that …

Without Marketing, you are just another company with an idea

Without Marketing, you are just another company with an idea

I just finished up another meeting with a client. They engaged me to document their messaging and create a marketing plan for a new product. This product is very different than the products and solutions they have been offering; it’s in a different market, it has a totally different sales cycle, and it has competition. The frustration I have is they don’t want to do any marketing – they are going to continue with their sales strategy to get that first sale. Once they get that first sale, then maybe marketing. Collaborating with a colleague, we came up with this quote and I truly believe it. If you don’t spend …

Tsinghua Crowned Eight-Time Student Cluster Champions at ISC

Tsinghua Crowned Eight-Time Student Cluster Champions at ISC

This blog was originally published in HPCwire. Always a hard-fought competition, the Student Cluster Competition awards were announced Wednesday, June 21, at the ISC High Performance Conference 2017. Amid whoops and hollers from the crowd, Thomas Sterling presented the award to the team with the best overall score, Tsinghua University. Sponsored by Inspur and using Nvidia graphics processors, Tsinghua was also one of the three teams who had a perfect score for the deep learning part of the competition. The team is a force to be reckoned with. They are the only team to achieve a “triple crown” victory by winning competitions at ISC, SC, and ASC. They’ve won eight championships in total and …

10 Things Not to Miss at ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

10 Things Not to Miss at ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

This blog was originally published on InsideHPC. It’s June, so it must be Frankfurt and the ISC High Performance conference. As I have done for every ISC and SC for the past four years, here is my list of the Top 10 things I’m looking forward to as the week begins at ISC. Now, where to start…? 1. ISC Steering Committee and Diversity Chair for ISC18 ISC has named me the Diversity Chair for ISC18. With this comes a position on the Steering Committee. While this is really cool in and of itself, I am very excited about the industry luminaries, experts, and innovators that I’ll get to meet and …

PRACEdays 2017 Wraps Up in Barcelona

PRACEdays 2017 Wraps Up in Barcelona

  This article first appeared on HPCwire Barcelona has been absolutely lovely; the weather, the food, the people. I am, sadly, finishing my last day at PRACEdays 2017 with two sessions: An in-depth look at the oil and gas industry’s use of HPC and a panel discussion on bridging the gap between scientific code development and exascale technology. Henri Calandra of Total SA spoke on the challenges of increased HPC complexity and value delivery for the O&G Industry. The main challenge Total and other oil and gas companies are finding is that discoveries of oil deposits are becoming more rare. To stay competitive, they need to first and foremost open …

PRACEdays 2017: The start of a beautiful week in Barcelona

PRACEdays 2017: The start of a beautiful week in Barcelona

This article first appeared on HPCwire I arrived in beautiful Barcelona on Saturday afternoon. It is warm, sunny, and oh so Spanish. I am greeted at my hotel with a glass of Cava to sip while I have a tour of the historic hotel. A short rest, walk around Barcelona, and a little bit of work until dinner at 8pm. It’s Tuesday and off to PRACEdays 2017, part of the European Summit Week. Tuesday starts with a welcome by Sergi Girona, EXDCI Co-ordinator, and Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE aisbl, outlining the week of plenaries, keynotes, breakout sessions, BoFs, and poster sessions. There will be a lot to see …

STEM: Keeping the Interest

STEM: Keeping the Interest

This blog was published by InsideHPC as a special guest feature. You may have seen articles on the anticipated shortfall of engineers, computer scientists, and technology designers to fill open jobs. Numbers from the Report to the President in 2012 (President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) show a shortfall of one million available workers to fill STEM-related jobs by 2020. This is just in the US — Europe is also projecting a similar gap between available jobs and suitable candidates. STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It’s a career set that can cross the wide range of HPC applications, such as designing devices, modeling physics, detecting dark …