Fri 21, Nov, 2014 - Thu 21, Nov, 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
New Orleans Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, , LA 70130
United States


Women in HPC at SC 2014

In collaboration with Supercomputing 2014, the WHPC network are running a half day workshop on Friday 21 November 2014 in New Orleans.

The workshop aims to address gender issues in HPC research and innovation, the challenges facing women and how gender inequality can impact efficacy of the scientific method and research quality. The workshop will include talks from female early career researchers and invited talks by world-leading women working in the field of HPC, describing the challenges facing women in HPC careers and how to improve the representation of women in supercomputing.

We welcome participation from everyone in the HPC community to discuss the most appropriate and beneficial actions that can be taken to address the gender imbalance in HPC and the strategies that could be adopted to achieve these goals.


The programme includes a mix of talks on the general topic of how to improve the representation of Women in HPC and also talks and poster presentations by early career women working with HPC to showcase their work. We welcome participation by all in the panel discussion at the end of the programme. Please send any questions you have for the panel in advance to info@womeninhpc.org.

08.30 – 08.40 Welcome Alison Kennedy (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh)  and Toni Collis (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh)
08:40 – 09:10 Invited Talk Barbara Chapman (University of Houston, Texas)
09:10 – 09:40 Exploiting spatial architectures for edit distance algorithms Jesmin Jahan Tithi (State University of New York at Stony Brook)
09:40 – 10:00 Poster presentations

Dana Akhmetova (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Julia Andrys (Murdoch University, Western Australia)
Mahsa Bayati (Northeastern University)
Buket Benek Gursoy (ICHEC)
Rosa Filgueira (University of Edinburgh)
Regina Maphanga (University of Limpopo)
Nasibeh Nasiri  (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Ardita Shkurti (University of Notthingham)

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and networking session
Including time to view posters
10:35 – 11:05 Towards exascale simulations of interactions between solar wind and earth magnetosphere Ivy Bo Peng (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
11:05 – 12:00
Panel Session

How to improve the representation of Women in HPC

  • Barbara Chapman (University of Houston, Texas)
  • Claire Hepwood (AWE, UK)
  • Adrian Jackson (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh)
  • Alison Kennedy (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh)
  • Wendy Wilhelm (Intel)
12:00 Close


We would like to encourage everyone who has an interest in the equal representation of women to attend our events and activities, irrespective of their gender to attend.

Registration is open to all. We would like to encourage everyone who has an interest in the equal representation of women to attend, irrespective of their gender.

Registration is via the Supercomputing 2014 website. Please register to attend the Friday morning workshop session, which can be done either with as add-on to the technical program (Tuesday to Thursday), or as a separate workshop-only pass. Please indicate during registration that the Women in HPC workshop is your preferred Friday morning workshop so that the SC14 organisers know approximately how many people will be attending.

The early-bird discount deadline for the technical program is 15 October 2014. Unfortunately there is no discount for the workshop only pass.


Workshop Fees with Technical Program Registration:


Member/Non-Member Student
Friday only add-on $50 $25
Sunday, Monday and Friday
Workshop Only
$100 $50


Please note WHPC is not responsible for registration, this is entirely managed by the organisers of SC14.

Register now at http://www.sc14.supercomputing.org/register.


  • Toni Collis (EPCC, UK)
  • Rebecca Hartman Baker (NERSC, USA)
  • Daniel Holmes (EPCC, UK)
  • Claire Hepwood (AWE, UK)
  • Adrian Jackson (EPCC, UK)
  • Alison Kennedy (EPCC, UK)
  • Lorna Smith (EPCC, UK)
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