Oct. 2, 2023 — Women in HPC (WHPC) will hold its 16th annual workshop at SC23 on Monday, Nov. 13 from 9 am to 5 pm MT in room 710 of the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver. The WHPC workshop is dedicated to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the supercomputing community and workforce.
Lack of diversity in the workforce is a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces. Research shows that diverse teams have increased productivity, creativity, problem-solving, and scientific output. Thus, addressing the lack of diversity should be as important to the community as reaching exascale.
The HPC community is only just beginning to measure how ‘leaky’ the pipeline is; particularly for women, attrition rates likely align with the general tech community figures: 41% of women working in tech eventually end up leaving the field (compared to just 17% of men).
Traditionally, The WHPC workshop series has focused on gender diversity and issues primarily facing women. This year, WHPC aims to increase the emphasis on diversity and inclusion of both women and men from underrepresented groups.
This workshop is a key step in addressing one aspect of the underrepresentation of various minorities: helping to retain diverse employees in the field and providing them with the tools to prosper and excel.
The draft agenda for this year’s workshop is now available here.
Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) was created with the vision to encourage women to participate in the HPC community by providing fellowship, education, and support to women and the organizations that employ them. Through collaboration and networking, WHPC strives to bring together women in HPC and technical computing while encouraging women to engage in outreach activities and improve the visibility of inspirational role models. WHPC is stewarded by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh. WHPC operates under the WHPC Terms of Reference that covers WHPC’s operation, governance and membership.
SC, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, sponsored by ACM and IEEE-CS offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world class exhibit area, demonstrations, and opportunities for hands-on learning.