7th International WHPC Workshop at SC17 Workshop: Diversifying the HPC Community

Sunday 12 November 2017, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm MTZ
Room 710, Colorado Convention Centre,
Denver, Colorado, USA


The underrepresentation of women is a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces. Research shows that diverse teams increase productivity, so addressing the lack of gender diversity is as important to the community as reaching exascale. The HPC community is currently not even measuring how ‘leaky’ our pipeline is, but attrition rates likely align with the general tech community figures: 41% of women working in tech eventually end up leaving the field (compared to just 17% of men). This workshop is a key step in addressing one aspect of the underrepresentation of women: helping to retain the women that are already in the field and provide them with the tools to prosper and excel.

The workshop will provide activities of interest to two 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.

The workshop is open to everyone, not just women! As with all of our events we encourage participation from all in the community.

For full details of the activities in the workshop check out the Agenda.