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  • The White House Budget Blueprint’s Effect on HPC: How to Gain Market Share in an Uncertain Market

      March 21, 2017 Last week was a busy week for the U.S. White House. One of the items they accomplished was releasing their Budget Blueprint. Any time the White House releases budget guidance, our clients in HPC get a little nervous. Budget guidance from the White House typically affects academic researchers as well as various governmental agencies. Commercial vendors wonder how the news will affect spending by their customers and prospects. I spent a lot of time learning about the Budget Blueprint. Full disclosure: I didn’t read the entire budget. I read multiple articles written by people who are experienced in reading these types of documents and summarizing their […]

  • Women, STEM and the F-Word: Are you a feminist?

    Credit: Darapti via Wikimedia Commons Women, STEM and the F-Word: Are you a feminist? Written by Athina Frantzana and first published on the University of Edinburgh Science magazine website.  Attending the EQUATE Scotland event about Women in STEM and Feminism on 4th November was the perfect way to end a work week in my notoriously male-dominated STEM field. It was a fun and informative evening full of ideas and concerns about women’s (and men’s) views on feminism and women’s position in STEM. The event took place in the beautiful Playfair library at the Old College –  arguably ironic to talk about gender equality and feminism in a room full of famous male […]

  • Post SC16: Top 10 Things in Retrospect

    Post SC16: Top 10 Things in Retrospect My post-SC blog is here! I wanted to share my thoughts and impressions of SC16, what I found interesting, and give you an opportunity to share your thoughts. I wrote a Top 10 of what I was looking forward to, prior to the show. You can see that blog here: 1. The Student Cluster Competition. The Student Cluster Competition did not disappoint! There was a power failure, which required the teams to do a checkpoint. I think the teams knew the power failure was coming – not sure if they knew WHEN it would happen, but they didn’t seem rattled by it. Or […]

  • Secrets, lies, women and money: the definitive summary of SC16 – Part 2

    Secrets, lies, women and money: the definitive summary of SC16 – Part 2 This blog was originally published at I’m usually not shy of speaking my opinions (if you read Part 1 of my summary of SC16, then you’ll know that marketing departments through the land of HPC are busy taking my name off their Christmas card lists 😀), but this Part 2 blog is probably sticking my neck out even further than normal, with some potentially uncomfortable opinions. SC is arguably the main event of the year for the HPC/supercomputing community. And so it becomes an annual cauldron, relentlessly bubbling to the surface those issues that are most […]

  • Secrets, lies, women and money: the definitive summary of SC16 – Part 1

    Secrets, lies, women and money: the definitive summary of SC16 – Part 1 This blog was originally published at Just over a week ago 11,000 people were making their way home from the biggest supercomputing event of the year – SC16 in Salt Lake City. With so much going on at SC, even those who were there in person likely still missed a huge proportion of what happened. It’s simply too busy to keep up with all the news during the week, too many events/talks/meetings happening in parallel, and much of the interesting stuff only gets talked about behind closed doors or through informal networking. There were even a […]

  • Top 10 Things to Love About HPC and the SC Conference

    Top 10 Things to Love About HPC and the SC Conference SC is next week – the largest HPC tradeshow of the year. My favorite time of the year and time for me to share with you my top 10 things I love about HPC and the SC conference, SC16 edition. 1. The Energy. Whether you know all there is to know about HPC, are brand new to the industry and/or technologies, or fall somewhere in between there’s one thing that connects us all when we first walk onto the exhibit floor: The energy we feel. And with the plethora of vendor booths (351 of them at the time of […]

  • The World Turned Upside Down

    The World Turned Upside Down Written by Brian E. Whitaker Did the world turn upside down? After all, this morning, we’ve been shocked, elated, terrorized, and thrilled – depending on our political persuasions. The world woke up and heard that a former reality TV show host and mediocre real estate developer, Donald Trump, is, in the United States, our new President-Elect. Shocked yet? Let’s face facts. An admitted political newcomer, an opportunist, someone who can’t seem to stay on task for more than a few minutes — can soon launch the world’s largest nuclear arsenal or meddle with one of the largest economies. If you live outside the U.S., you’re […]

  • Diversity and Inclusivity Efforts at SC16

    Diversity and Inclusivity Efforts at SC16 SC16 has embraced diversity with this year’s conference by stepping up and stating: “Diversity and inclusivity is important to SC16.” I joined the Diverse HPC Workforce committee (Diversity Committee) earlier this year as the communications lead to help shape the message and get this message out to the SC audience. I have really enjoyed this effort, and I want to share what the committee is doing. The key components of the SC16 effort to diversify the HPC community are providing opportunities to underrepresented groups as well as educating the community on the benefits of improving diversity. I had a conversation with John West, SC16 […]

  • Event Marketing Part 2: Vendor Booth Tips

    Event Marketing Part 2: Vendor Booth Tips There isn’t an exact blueprint to successful exhibiting; however, attracting potential customers isn’t as hard as you may think. For first time vendors or as a refresher for those who exhibit regularly, we have documented our thoughts and experience on vendor booth tips that specifically cover what to prepare one month prior to your event. Following these tips will help ensure that your booth is a busy hub of activity! Your Booth: What’s Inside The Basics: Carpet, Tablecloth, Furniture and Electricity Check with the event promoter on the following items: Will the event be in a conference center and already carpeted, or do […]

  • COMING SOON! LinkedIn’s New Company Page Template

    COMING SOON! LinkedIn’s New Company Page Template Keeping up with social media innovations can be about as challenging as keeping up with … a pair of labrador retrievers. Doesn’t it seem that, just when you have your company’s social media profiles looking top-notch, the game changes? I’m sure we’re all for improvements that keep social media moving upward, but wouldn’t it be nice to get a heads up on the changes that are coming down the pipeline and to be offered some useful tips on how to prepare for those upcoming changes? Well, that’s what I’m here to talk to you about in today’s blog. Less than 2 weeks ago, […]