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Building a better brain

Can you build a smarter computer by imitating the human brain? Catherine Schuman of ORNL thinks so. Guest post by: Alisa Alering, Science Node First published on Science Node on 3rd January 2018 The human brain weighs three pounds and is made up of more than 100 billion nerve cells that allow us to remember birthdays, recognize and evade…

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My adventure as SCinet student volunteer

Guest post by: Anja Gerbes, Center for Scientific Computing, Frankfurt, Germany I attended SC17 in Denver as a first-time SCinet Student and it was very exciting to learn so many new things in the field of High-Performance Computing (HPC). I was responsible for the fibers and because it was my first time as a SCinet…

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Framework for planning, executing and monitoring cooperating jobs

Guest post by: Marta Cudova , Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic Marta was one of the early career presenters at the WHPC workshop at SC17. In this post she discusses the work she presented at the workshop. What is this framework? This framework, the k-Dispatch, provides a service offering automated…

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Reflections from WHPC @ SC17

By: Elsa Gonsiorowski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Mentoring Chair for the SC17 Women in HPC Workshop I was asked to do a short write up my experiences at SC17 for my group’s internal newsletter. I found myself writing extensively about my experience at the Women in HPC workshop and I’ve decided to share. This…

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Diversity & Inclusion: #WeAreHPC

Guest blog by: Alison Kennedy, The Hartree Centre High Performance Computing (HPC) and High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) – the provenance of the Hartree Centre – are rapidly expanding areas of importance to academia and industry, with myriad new employment opportunities arising. It is predicted that the gap between supply and demand of skilled staff…

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Heart-felt thanks to the “Women in HPC” workshop!

On the occasion of thanksgiving, we would like to extend our best wishes to our colleagues in the “Women in HPC” network! You are helping foster long-lasting and impactful associations, and are doing a great service to the community – thanks! We, Ritu Arora and Sharda Dixit, are excited to share our thoughts on the mentoring program that is…

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Male Allies are Key to Diversity and Inclusion Challenges in HPC Industries

“DNC: White Men Shouldn’t Apply for Tech Jobs” – this was a recent headline in the news. A manager within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out an email seeking diverse candidates for IT positions, but added: “I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, as they are already in…

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#WeAreHPC

Greetings WHPC Champions and Supporters! In an effort to ensure the greater HPC sector is inclusive and welcoming to all communities, Women in HPC is launching an online campaign this SC17. We need your help to illustrate the many faces of HPC and raise awareness of the essential role of diversity and inclusion in our…

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I Am A Research Software Engineer

By: Dr Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, Research Associate/Research Software Engineer in Massive Scale Complex Systems Simulation with Accelerated Computing at University of Sheffield, UK. I am a Research Software Engineer (RSE) at Computer Science Department, University of Sheffield. I started working as one in September 2016 and I’ve been enjoying every moment of it. One of…

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Professional Responsibility in Research Science (and the lack thereof)!

Guest post by: Smarty Pants Science The job of a scientist is immensely rewarding — but also technically challenging, and often riddled with administrative and institutional red tape. Learning how to navigate these challenges is critical for mastering the practice of science and advancing early career scientists (students, interns, post docs, etc). The role of good…

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Improving diversity at conferences

With the SC17 conference just around the corner, I was reminded that WHPC is frequently asked how to improve diversity at conferences. As Inclusivity Chair for SC17, I can assure you that there is no simple quick-fix. Instead it takes constant effort during the entire period of planning and execution of the conference. Last year,…

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Faces of HPC

One of the things that I believe in passionately is that personal characteristics should not be a barrier to participating in any aspect of life. This belief is what led me and my colleagues to set-up Women in HPC, as our gender affects us personally. However, I am also very aware that gender is just…

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