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 …

Are you ready for winter? How the bears are preparing and how you should, too.

Are you ready for winter? How the bears are preparing and how you should, too.

Are you ready for winter? How the bears are preparing and how you should, too. This photo and the YouTube video were taken from a safe distance (inside the house). The bears have been in my yard (one of them is shown above)… and the fox, moose, and deer. Oh, and there are birds and squirrels. How do I know? The squirrels are high up in the Pine trees chewing off  pine cones – thump, thump they fall to the ground. Then, they grab the pine cones and stash them in the corner of my garden. The dogs’ noses are on high alert. They go out in the yard with their noses to …

Top 10 Things I Liked About ISC16

Top 10 Things I Liked About ISC16

Top 10 Things I Liked About ISC16 My expected and not-to-be-missed Top 10 for ISC High Performance – better late than never. I hope this look back reminds you of your ISC experience and puts a smile on your face! 1: The Energy From the moment I walked onto the show floor, I could feel the energy, the excitement – ISC16 was here! The booths were filled with enthusiastic people ready to share all of their new technologies with the inquisitive attendees making their way through the aisles. 2: Networking It’s such an important part of any event, and the opportunities to network at ISC did not disappoint! The melting …

Do you “Resolution”? Instead #JustStartToday

Do you “Resolution”? Instead #JustStartToday

Do you “Resolution”? Instead #JustStartToday The turn to the New Year prompts a common practice of making a resolution for the upcoming year.  A common topic this time of year – “What is your New Years Resolution?” My answer – “NONE”. It’s not because I’m not driven or have a lack of imagination. I just don’t do resolutions when the calendar changes one or two numbers in the year. I don’t believe that a change in the calendar is something to wait for in order to start something new in my life. I did a quick Google search this morning on “do you do New Years resolutions”. Eight of the …

Supercomputing 15 Recap and the Top 10 (err) 11 Reasons Why We Love HPC and the SC Conference

Supercomputing 15 Recap and the Top 10 (err) 11 Reasons Why We Love HPC and the SC Conference

Supercomputing 15 Recap and the Top 10 (err) 11 Reasons Why We Love HPC and the SC Conference We are all home from Austin, likely catching up on our sleep, but also still have a lingering of that happy glow from a good week. Below are the Top 10 things I liked best about the SC15 conference. Take a read and let me know what your Top 10 (or 1 or 2) things were! Student Cluster Competition: Team Diablo from Tsinghua University in China took the top prize. This was their third win after winning at ISC15 and Asia Supercomputing Community Student Conference. Come on – students getting excited about …

Off to Supercomputing 15 and the Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward To

Off to Supercomputing 15 and the Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward To

Off to Supercomputing 15 and the Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward To Here we are again, finalizing our plans before we all take off for Austin. The Supercomputing show is one of my favorite shows of the year. In the tradition I started last year, here are the Top 10 things I am looking forward to as I spend my week in Austin. As for the Top 10 Things I like Best about SC15 – you’ll have to wait until Friday! StartupHPC: They did a workshop at SC14 in New Orleans and are continuing the tradition at SC15 with their workshop on Monday. This group is on a mission …

Top 10 Things I Liked about ISC15

Top 10 Things I Liked about ISC15

The Top 10 Things I Liked about ISC15 Hello, All! My long overdue post on the Top 10 Things I liked about IS15. Work, life, and health got in the way after the conference. I am caught up and ready to remember the good times in Frankfurt by listing my Top 10. Women in HPC Workshop on Thursday afternoon Now it’s not just because I was on one of the panels. It was a really good workshop! The technical presentations were very interesting. The lively discussion on diversity in HPC not only opened my eyes, but it also has opened up a lot of questions. I look forward to the …

Off to ISC 2015! The Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to at ISC15

Off to ISC 2015! The Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to at ISC15

Off to ISC 2015! The Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to at ISC15 I wrote a blog after SC14 titled “The Top 10 Things I Like about HPC and the SC Conference.” Continuing with that tradition, I decided to add a blog as I’m off to one of my two favorite shows of the year: the things I am looking forward to as I head to ISC15. As for the top 10 things I like best – you’ll have to wait until Friday! Germany, for one. Do I need to say more? I am an American, and anytime I get to experience a new city AND a new country …