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 …

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 …

Post SC16: Top 10 Things in Retrospect

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 hpcnotes.com. 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 hpcnotes.com. 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

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

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 …

SC16: Taking Diversity and Inclusivity Seriously

SC16: Taking Diversity and Inclusivity Seriously

The SC Conference continues to change and improve to provide a better experience for the conference attendees. Diversity has always been important to the conference and this year they have taken their actions further with the creation of the Diverse HPC Workforce committee. I had the opportunity to interview John West, SC16 chair, and Trish Damkroger, chair of the Diverse HPC Workforce committee, to ask them about their respective roles and what motivates them to volunteer for this effort. This blog was originally published in HPCwire. Why do you see diversity an important initiative for SC16? John West: I am an engineer. I put on my math and engineering hat to analyze …

Diversity and Inclusivity Efforts at SC16

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 …