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 …

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 …

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 …

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

The Times, They Are A-Changin’ In this special blog post, Kim and Brian Whitaker from ZB Content teamed. Enjoy! Coming off ISC16 and preparing for SC16, those of us in HPC take stock of our industry. After the rush to release something meaningful at ISC, it’s time to take a breath and measure the progress everyone around us has made in the past year – since SC15, leading up to ISC16, and onto SC16. The industry is always changing, but this year, it seems like the rate of change has accelerated. HPC is going beyond traditional workloads, use cases, and even technologies. HPC in the cloud is a real thing. …

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 …