SC17 will bring together the international supercomputing community in Denver, Colorado, USA for a week of HPC, data science, cloud and of course discussion on how to improve the diversity in the HPC community. Once again, WHPC is delighted to be taking part and hosting a wide variety of activities and we hope to meet as many of our members, supporters and advocates there as possible.
Sunday 12th November, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Workshop: Diversifying the HPC Community
BoF: Recruitment: How to Build Diverse Teams
Diverse teams are now generally accepted as a ‘good idea’. However, a common refrain during discussions on improving diversity focuses on the lack of women applying for jobs. This session will address improving recruitment practices to reach more candidates from underrepresented groups. And will presentations from a panel of experts, followed by discussions on how to address the concerns of attendees, providing clearly defined steps for improving the recruitment process. This session invites participation from everyone in the HPC community, to help us gather knowledge from across the HPC workforce and provide clear guidance for steps to recruitment success.
BoF: Women in HPC: Non-Traditional Paths to HPC and How They Can and Do Enrich the Field
There is often the unspoken expectation that those best equipped to work in HPC have studied computer science or a physical science to PhD level. However, those who have not taken such a ‘standard ‘ or ‘traditional’ route to HPC can and do contribute meaningfully to the field. In this BoF we examine how to broaden the community’s perceptions to access a more diverse talent pool. We will hear from three women who came to HPC from non-standard directions, followed by discussion with audience participation on how to recruit from non-traditional backgrounds, broadening the HPC talent pool.