Sun 15, Nov, 2015 - Fri 20, Nov, 2015
All Day
Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas,
United States

About Women in HPC


Women in HPC will run the most exciting program of events to date for Women in HPC at Supercomputing 2015 in Austin Texas in November. We will not only be hosting our third international Women in HPC workshop but also a ‘Birds of a Feather’ discussion, and a roundtable discussion on improving diversity in collaboration with Data Vortex Technologies.

  • Women in HPC roundtable reception in collaboration with Data Vortex Technologies

  • Women in HPC Birds of a Feather: Pathways and Roadblocks

  • Workshop: Changing the Face of HPC



5:00-7:00 pm  |  Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Data Vortex Technologies will host an evening reception at their offices from 5-7 pm to discuss how conferences can broaden participation, and the importance of improving diversity for the HPC community. Discussions will focus on actions that conferences could put in place to encourage women to attend and how to improve the diversity of speakers. This event is invitation only, please contact info@womeninhpc.org.uk or carolyn@datavortex.com for more information.



10.00am – 12.00 pm, Wednesday 18 November 2015
Venue: Room 13B, Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Within certain sub-disciplines and occupational categories in HPC, women comprise a higher percentage of the population than the overall average. In this BOF, we seek to understand what makes these subfields so successful in attracting women, and how other subfields might emulate their successes.

To take part in the BoF and Workshop please note you will need to register for the appropriate SC15 passes. Early bird registration closes on October 15, so please register soon at http://sc15.supercomputing.org/register.



Download the Women in HPC at SC15 book here.

8.30am – 12.00pm, Friday 20 November 2015
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Room 412, 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Following on from the success of the first Women in HPC workshop at SC14 and the follow-up at ISC2015, we are delighted to announce that the third international Women in HPC workshop will take place at Supercomputing 2015.

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.



Alison Kennedy (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh)  and Toni Collis (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh)

08:35 – 09:05

Invited talk: Understanding the under-representation of Women in HPC

Toni Collis (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh) and Lorna Rivera (ISTEM, University of Illinois)

09:05 – 09:45

Panel Session 1: Careers in HPC

Discussing the barriers facing women pursuing a career in HPC, with a particular emphasis of answering questions on the steps early career women should be taking to help deal with perceived or real barriers facing them because of their gender

With an introduction by Kimberly McMahon


    • Suzanne Talon (Compute Canada)
    • Julia Andrys (Murdoch University)
    • Rosa M. Badia (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

09:45 – 10:00

Poster presentations


    • Christine Harvey (Mitre Corporation)
    • Janki Bhimani (Northeastern University)
    • Sally Ellingson (University of Kentucky)
    • Elsa Gonsiorowski (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • Mariam Kiran (University of Bradford)
    • Nasibeh Nasiri (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
    • Trishali Nayar (IBM India Systems Development Lab)

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee and networking session

Including time to view posters


Session Two

Chair: Toni Collis (EPCC, The University of Edinburgh)

10:30 – 10:55

Hot topic 1 – ExTASY: Accelerating molecular shapes discovery in biomolecular simulation

Ardita Shkurti (The University of Nottingham)

10:55 – 11:20

Hot topic 2 – Using parallel simulation in the co-design of HPC networks and distributed data-intensive science facilities

Misbah Mubarak (Argonne National Laboratory)



11:20 – 12:00

Panel Session 2: Improving diversity at Supercomputing

Chair: Trish Damkroger

What can and/or should be done to improve the participation of women and other minorities at events such as Supercomputing? Is the current participation by women at such events representative of the HPC community or falling short?


    • Kelly Nolan (Compute Canada)
    • Bernd Mohr (SC17 Chair, Forschungszentrum Jüllich)
    • Sharon Broude Geva (University of Michigan)

Wendy Wilhelm (Intel)


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.

Julia Andrys (Murdoch University, Western Australia)

Toni Collis (EPCC, UK)

Sunita Chandrasekaran (University of Houston, USA)

Dona Crawford (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)

Trish Damkroger (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)

Fernanda Foertter (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)

Rebecca Hartman Baker (NERSC, USA)

Daniel Holmes (EPCC, UK)

Adrian Jackson (EPCC, UK)

Alison Kennedy (EPCC, UK)

Dounia Khaldi (University of Houston, USA)

Regina Maphanga (University of Limpopo in South Africa)

Catherine Rivière (Genci, France)

Lorna Smith (EPCC, UK)

Jesmin Jahan Tithi (Stony Brook University, USA)


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 2015. 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 SC15 organisers know approximately how many people will be attending.

The early-bird discount deadline for the technical program is 15 October 2015. Unfortunately there is no discount for the workshop only pass.



As part of the workshop we will be inviting submissions from female early career researchers (papers or posters) to present their work in a supportive environment that promotes the engagement of women in HPC research and applications, providing opportunities for peer to peer networking and the opportunity to interact with female role models.

Applicants must be female and either PhD candidates or early career researchers who have been awarded their PhD within 5 years of 1 July 2015.

Submissions will be invited for the following categories:

  • Extended abstract (max 500 words) for a hot topic 20 minute presentation on research in any area that utilises high performance computing;
  • Short abstract (max 250 words) for a poster in any area that utilises high performance computing.

All abstracts should emphasise the computational aspects of the work, such as the facilities used, the challenges that HPC can help address, remaining challenges etc.

Extended deadline 17 August 2015, 5pm GMT

Please email your submission as a PDF to info@womeninhpc.org.uk, containing:

    • Full name of main (presenting) author;
    • Names of any other authors;
    • Current institution of all authors;
    • Year and month of PhD award of main author;
    • Abstract type (extended for paper or short of poster);
    • Abstract (up to 500 words for extended and up to 250 words for short)
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