When
Wed 29, Apr, 2020 - Fri 01, May, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where
Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3
Canada

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First-Ever Women in HPC Summit

In Partnership with Simon Fraser University

Overview

Building on our success as an internationally recognised organization that is actively addressing gender inclusion in the HPC/AI/Big Data  workforce worldwide, the Summit is designed to celebrate the contributions, careers and leadership of women in High Performance Computing,

We are bringing together HPC leaders and innovators with career women in corporate organizations, research institutions, academia, and business for networking, mentoring, and sharing of knowledge in ways that challenge and change existing norms and culture in the technology world.

Together with our supporters and leaders in the community, create unique opportunities for women to network, learn, and build connections and identify opportunities, whether they be for their next career step, training, education or skills.

The WHPC Summit will provide a broadened scope and the first-ever dedicated event for women in the field of advanced computing.

The first WHPC Summit will be a 2-day event, held in downtown Vancouver in Spring 2020. The event will include:

 

  • Technical presentations from professionals in the community;
  • Career skills-building sessions;
  • Strategies for workforce inclusion, and engagement of under-represented groups;
  • Tutorials.

Welcome from the WHPC General Chair

Trish Damkroger, Vice President and General Manager of the Technical Computing Initiative (TCI) in Intel’s Data Center Group

“I am honored to be the General Chair for the WHPC conference and to support and advocate for the voices of women in the workforce and HPC community. This conference will bring together like-minded women from the HPC industry to learn from each other and build our networks. WHPC is a supportive group, designed to advocate for one another and encourage continued growth and development in HPC. Together, we can empower, lead and inspire, not just each other but the businesses and organizations that we work for.”

Organizing Committee

  • Program Chair: Misbah Mubarak, Amazon Web Services
  • Submissions Chair: Gokcen Kestor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Posters Chair: Weronika Filinger, EPCC UK
  • Papers Chair: Mariam Umar, Intel Corporation
  • Tutorials Chair: Pravi Devineni, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Tutorials Co-chair: Katie Schumann, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Mentoring Chair: Elsa Gonsiorowski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Mentoring Co-chair: Sarvani Chadalapaka, University of California Merced

Who is attending?

WHPC has consistently aimed to provide an environment that is welcoming to the entire HPC community, which we would aim to continue at the WHPC Summit. Look for these communities to be well represented:

  • Women working in the HPC community, irrespective of their role/job title/employment sector
  • Allies of women and other under-represented groups (irrespective of career stage or managerial position)
  • Recruiters
  • Managers, leaders, HPC system buyers and operators, executives and leaders, recruiters, suppliers, supervisors who aim to diversify the workforce
  • Organizations that have technologies or opportunities of interest to women and who are open to engaging and supporting a women-majority audience

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, organisers, and volunteers at WHPC Summit Conference are required to adhere to the following code of conduct, whether they are at the conference venue, conference-related social events or interacting on the multiple digital platforms (Slack, Twitter, mailing list, etc). 

This code of conduct and its related procedures may also apply to unacceptable behaviour outside the scope of conference activities when such behaviours have the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of the affected participants.

The WHPC Summit Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of sex, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and parenthood, race, religion or belief (or lack thereof), gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, technical choices, experience level or any other dimension of diversity. We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any form. 

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including conference dinners, social events.

Participants who are asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. This applies to any event or platform, either online or in-person. If an event participant engages in behaviour that violates this Code of Conduct, the organizers may warn the offender, ask them to leave the event or platform (without refund), or engage the committee and impose an appropriate sanction.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

Call for Submissions

Building on our success as an internationally recognised organization that is actively addressing gender inclusion in the HPC/AI/Big Data workforce worldwide, the Summit is designed to celebrate the contributions, careers and leadership of women in High Performance Computing. We are bringing together HPC leaders and innovators with career women in corporate organizations, research institutions, academia, and business for networking, mentoring, and sharing of knowledge in ways that challenge and change existing norms and culture in the technology world.

Together with our supporters and leaders in the community, create unique opportunities for women to network, learn, and build connections and identify opportunities, whether they be for their next career step, training, education or skills.

List of Topics

Technical Topics

Papers, tutorials and posters are solicited on a diverse range of technical topics including but not limited to:

  • Programming models and applications for High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Architectures and accelerators on high performance platforms
  • Computational Models and Algorithms for HPC, Big Data and AI
  • Addressing cyber security issues in HPC, Big Data and AI
  • Large-scale data analytics and machine learning trends
  • Using machine learning to analyze large-scale system
  • Performance modeling, analysis and benchmarking of HPC, AI and Big Data applications/architectures
  • Intersection of cloud and HPC
  • System software to accelerate the performance of data-intensive applications

Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Topics

In addition to technical topics, we also solicit submissions on topics related to diversity, inclusion and leadership:

  • Methods and techniques to create a diverse workforce
  • Inclusive leadership and retention strategies
  • Building diversity advocates and allies
  • Dealing with unconscious bias and sexism in the workplace
  • Achieving the right work/life balance
  • Fostering creativity through diversity
  • Statistics about women’s representation in HPC community

Submission Guidelines

Paper Submissions

Authors are invited to submit their work with a maximum of 4 pages (excluding references) in IEEE conference format.

Deadline: December 20th, 2019 AOE

Submission link: https://easychair.org/cfp/WHPCSummit2020

Poster Submissions

  A poster submission should have two main components:

  • the poster itself
  • a two-page extended abstract in the ACM format

Deadline: January 31st, 2020 AOE

Submission link: https://easychair.org/cfp/WHPCSummit2020

Tutorial Submissions

Tutorials may be proposed for either a full day (six hours) or a half day (three hours). Tutorials must last for the full three or six hours. If your topic can be covered in less than three hours you can combine multiple related subjects into a  single “themed” submission.

     Your information will be submitted via a web form and file upload. Submitting samples of visual aids is strongly encouraged, either via a file upload or via a URL.

    The file you upload should contain the following sections, each beginning on a separate page:

  • Abstract in text format (200-word maximum).
  • A detailed description of the proposed tutorial (two pages maximum) with the following sections:
    1. Tutorial goals – specifically how attendees will benefit

    2. Why the topic is relevant to conference attendees

    3. Clearly describe the target audience (researchers, students, developers, practitioners, etc.) and what they will learn

    4. Content level (% beginner, % intermediate, % advanced)

    5. Audience prerequisites

    6. Description of tutorial content – discuss in detail the tutorial content, schedule, and organization

    7. If your presenters are from different institutions, how you will ensure cohesive tutorial content (not just a disparate set of talks).

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each presenter (six presenters maximum, two pages maximum each). Make sure this includes a list of short courses each presenter has taught.

Deadline: December 13th, 2019 AOE

Registration

Registration for the summit is now open!

Early bird Registration Pricing

Registration Type Member Non-Member
Standard $300 $350
Student $170 $200

 

Regular Registration Pricing

Registration Type Member Non-Member
Standard $400 $400
Student $250 $250

Registration FAQ to be added soon!

Travel Information

Hotel Information

We are excited to announce the official hotel for the WHPC Summit – Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites.

We recommend you book at least 60 days prior to the conference as the hotel may be booked out fast. Using the link above will give you special conference rates.

Your booking will include a luxurious king size bed, sofa bed and amenities at only CAD$269 per night.

 

Book a hotel at the WHPC Summit group rate

 

International Travel to WHPC Summit 2020

The WHPC Summit 2020 is delighted to welcome all of its international attendees.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter Canada generally must first obtain a Canadian visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Most people need a visa OR an Electronic Travel Authorization to travel to Canada – not both. Some people may only need a valid passport. Please visit here to find out if you need a visa to enter Canada.

If you require a visa, visit this site for the basics on visas and from there get started on the visa process.  Read these steps carefully:

  1. Visit your local embassy or consulate NOW to obtain literature, forms and understand the application process.Securing a visa can take some time, so we strongly recommend that you start your visa application process early – at least 90 days prior to the conference if possible. For information on the visa processing times, check this website.AUTHORS, PLEASE NOTE: a country may deny the request for a visa or delay it indefinitely. Therefore, make sure to plan for this possibility and prepare for a plan B.
  2. When registering for WHPC Summit 2020, you may request an invitation letter through the registration form. After completing your registration and payment, your invitation letter will be sent via email within a week. The Registration Chairs may require additional information or documents before they are able to issue any letter of support.Please note that only registered authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and participants may receive formal invitation letters.It is possible that your visa request gets denied or delayed indefinitely. To be on the safe side, please plan for alternate presenter(s) of your work in case the visa application takes much longer or does not get approved. Make such alternate plan early on.

    If for any reason your visa is denied, we will issue a full refund of your registration payment if you applied at least 2 months before the date of the conference.

  3. After you receive the letter of invitation, start your visa application and follow the instructions via this website. If you require any help or have questions, please contact your local Canadian Embassy or Consulate.For information on the embassy or consulate closest to you, see Links to Canadian Embassies and Consulates Worldwide.

We look forward to having you at WHPC Summit 2020.

The First WHPC Summit is Proudly Endorsed by

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