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Tuesday, March 5 • 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Democratising Access to HPC

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The use of HPC and parallel computing is currently undergoing a period of rapid expansion, with increasing diversity in the fields and applications that can leverage these resources. However, the benefits are not always equally shared. As the under-representation of women and minorities is increasingly recognised as a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces, the benefits of improving diversity and inclusion in the community, the ‘diversity dividend’ are also being recognised.

As a community we are only just beginning to measure and understand how ‘leaky’ our pipeline is, but attrition rates are likely as high as the general tech community: 41% of women working in tech eventually leave the field (compared to just 17% of men).

This session will discuss the benefits of diversity but also how we can further ‘democratise’ access. Discussion will include the work being carried out by Women in HPC to diversify HPC and innovations in on-boarding in the form of new approaches to HPC training for both the traditional learners and skill development in the workplace.


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Toni Collis

CBDO/Chair & Co-Founder, Appentra & Women in HPC
Dr Toni Collis is Chair and Co-Founder of Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) as well as the CBDO for Appentra Solutions and Director of Collis-Holmes Innovations. Having previously worked in EPCC, The University of Edinburgh Supercomputing Centre, Toni has spent a large part... Read More →

Tuesday March 5, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm CST