When
Sun 14, Nov, 2021
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Where
America’s Center
8th & Washington
St. Louis, MO, 63101
United States

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Workshop - Diversifying the HPC Community

Women in HPC will once again attend the Supercomputing conference to discuss diversity and inclusivity topics. Activities will bring together women and male allies from across the international HPC community, provide opportunities to network, showcase the work of inspiring women, and discuss how we can all work towards improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing.

The eleventh international Women in HPC workshop will take place at SC21, St. Louis, USA. Once again Women in HPC, our advocates, allies, supporters, and anyone interested in improving diversity across the HPC community is welcome to join us to discuss the challenges the community faces, and how to improve the opportunities provided to women. Previous Women in HPC workshops at SC have been  great successes, with over 100 attendees in the past two workshops, and over 25 submissions from early/mid career women at SC20.

The workshop will provide activities of interest to three particular groups:

– Early and mid career women working in HPC who wish to improve their career opportunities.

– Those responsible for hiring and recruiting staff that are interested in increasing diversity and retention of underrepresented groups in their organisation,

– Diversity allies: those wishing to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture, and who want to learn and share tips and methods for bringing about cultural change.

This year, we will have plenary talks and panels discussing how to create a meaningful HPC career and build an effective professional network.  Following on from the SC18 workshop discussion on resilience, we will have a panel discussion about strategies to minimize the negative effect of significant life events like  starting a family, loss of a close person  or  depression, on a professional career. We will also discuss the opportunities and methods  for an inclusive workplace environment.  We will include talks  providing instructions and strategies for advocates and allies to improve workplace diversity, and become a part of the solution. Finally, we will  provide opportunities for audience participation with breakout sessions to explore the issues raised. We would like to invite people from all aspects of the community to engage in this discussion, irrespective of career stage or workplace type, to fully explore the opportunities for disseminating best practices to the wider community.

Following the positive feedback from our SC20 workshop, we will have a session dedicated to developing  skills  allowing anyone  to thrive and excel in their careers. The day will include presentations from early career women showcasing their HPC work in a lightning talks session, networking, and the opportunities to meet mentors and peers. The personal development session, designed to equip our early and mid career attendees with the skills to excel will include: identifying and managing imposter syndrome, unconscious bias, microaggression, and the guilt of working while being a parent/guardian/caregiver. This session will provide the attendees with tools on becoming a better leader in the workforce, effectively dealing with challenges at work, and managing work-life balance.

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. Our career development activities are beneficial to all  interested in shaping their career, so everyone is encouraged to participate.

 

Call for Contributions Closing date: September 8th, 2021

As part of the workshop we invite submissions from women to present their HPC work to the HPC community as a short lightning talk. There will be the opportunity to meet with leading employers from across the HPC community and discuss your work with them. After submission, presenters will be provided with a mentor to aid in the preparation of their talk before the workshop. Submissions are invited as a 2 page extended abstract in any area that utilizes high performance computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a copy-ready version of their slides and an extended version of their abstract by October 8th, 2021.

Committee

The WHPC workshop at SC21 would not be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Workshop Committee

  • Workshop Chair: Mariam Umar, Intel
  • Workshop Co-Chair: Jo Adegbola, Amazon Web Services
  • Workshop Vice Chair: Misbah Mubarak, Amazon Web Services
  • Communications Chair: Mozghan Kabiri Chimeh, NVIDIA
  • Submissions Chair: Rey Wang, Amazon Web Services
  • Submissions Vice Chair: Priyanka Ghosh, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Invited Talks Chair: Shirley Moore, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Website Chair: Caitlin Ross, Kitware

Programme Committee

Coming soon!

Call for Lightning Talks

Call for lightening talks: Open

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 8th, 2021 (AoE)

Call for Participation

The 12th annual international Women in HPC workshop will be held in conjunction with the Supercomputing conference (SC21), at St. Louis, MO, USA. Once again Women in HPC, our advocates, allies, supporters, and anyone interested in improving diversity across the HPC community is welcome to join us to discuss the challenges the community faces. Activities will bring together women and male allies from across the international HPC and extended community, provide opportunities to network, showcase the work of inspiring women, and discuss how we can all work towards improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing. Previous Women in HPC workshops at SC have been great successes, with over 150 attendees in the past year, and many submissions from early/mid-career women in the past two years.

As part of the workshop, we invite submissions from women to present their research in the HPC, AI, ML domain to the HPC community as a short/lightning talk. This is a great opportunity to interact with leading experts and employers across the HPC community from both academia and industry and discuss your work with them. We encourage women who are in their ‘early career’ (i.e. pursuing a graduate degree or within five years of graduation) to participate, however this opportunity is open to help everyone who feels they may benefit from presenting their work, irrespective of career stage.

Each submission will be reviewed by a committee and authors shall receive 2-4 sets of review comments as feedback along with instructions needed to prepare for the talk and associate materials prior to the workshop.

Submissions for the talks are comprised of a two-page submission with preliminary results, in any areas including but not limited to:

  • High performance computing
  • Data science
  • Machine learning/AI
  • Big data
  • Languages and runtimes
  • Algorithms

Authors will be expected to give a short lightning talk (5 minutes) at the workshop.

 

Benefit of Participating:

  • Networking: build your HPC network, meet peers and potential employers
  • Advice and mentoring: Receive expert advice and mentorship to help prepare for your presentation, including slides, how to structure a lightning talk for effective communication and how to make the most of the networking time afterwards.

 

Submission

All submitted abstracts should emphasize the computational aspects of the work, such as the facilities used, the challenges that HPC, ML/AI can help address and any additional research highlights etc. As an author you will have the opportunity to share your work with the workshop audience in a brief ‘elevator pitch’ talk. Depending on whether the SC workshops are held in person or online this year, all authors should be prepared, if accepted, to submit a 5-6 minute video presentation by October 8th, 2021.

To submit your extended abstract (2 page) please prepare the following and submit via the SC21 Linklings submission site – make sure you choose ‘SC21 Workshop: Women in HPC’:

  1. Author/presenter information (For all authors):
    1. first and last name
    2. Current institution(s)
    3. short biography (max 300 words)
    4. company/institution
    5. photograph for website publicity.
  2. Lightning talk information
  • Title
  • Two-page submission with extended abstract (up to 500 words) and preliminary results

Please use the standard fonts/formatting in the ACM conference proceedings template. Submissions should be a maximum of two (2) pages, not including references.

 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: September 8th, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: October 1st, 2021
  • Camera Ready: October 7th, 2021

 

If you have questions please contact Mariam Umar mariam.umar@intel.com, Priyanka Ghosh Priyanka.ghosh@pnnl.gov, or Rey Wang ruinwang@amazon.com.

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America’s Center
8th & Washington
St. Louis | United States
Sun 14, Nov, 2021
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
America’s Center
8th & Washington
St. Louis | United States
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