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Toni Collis

Appentra & Women in HPC
CBDO/Chair & Co-Founder
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 of her work life focusing on enabling scientists, engineers, academics and many more to access High Performance Computing and is passionate about broadening the availability of the resources available. WHPC was born from this vision: how to achieve equality of opportunity for everyone, so that the benefits of HPC can reach as broad an audience as possible. Her current role at Appentra focuses on democratising access to HPC by using the new Parallelware Tools Suite to lower the barrier for academics to write and maintain parallel software. As Chair and Co-Founder of WHPC, Toni has worked on a number of initiatives to improve diversity from developing and leading HPC tutorials for women academics and students to workshops and conferences across the world. Toni participates in a number of voluntary efforts internationally to improve diversity including as Inclusivity Chair for SC17 and SC18, and as a member of a number of advisory committees including the XSEDE Advisory Board and the ISC High Performance conference Steering Committee.