First international partner joins Women in High Performance Computing network
Compute Canada has become the first international partner to join the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network.
At an ISC showcase in Frankfurt hosted by WHPC to celebrate female leaders in advanced research computing, Compute Canada signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal of increasing the representation of women in advanced research computing in Canada.
"The WHPC network aims to build a community where scientists, technicians, researchers, users and academics collaborate, share knowledge, and mentor to address the poor representation of women in the subject and achieve equal representation for all in HPC. This new partnership with Compute Canada will lay the foundation for a truly global effort.” Dr Toni Collis, founder of WHPC.
Gender inequality is a key problem across all scientific disciplines, both in academia and industry. Research indicates that women educated to university or college level are more likely to have a technical or professional job than men with a similar level of education. Despite this, women are less likely to be scientists or engineers than men, and are less likely to use a science-based PhD in a research career than men.
“Achieving gender balance in advanced research computing is an important goal for Compute Canada. This is not just an important equality and balance issue. We know achieving gender balance, and diversity in general, improves innovation and research outputs.
"In order to meet the growing demand for HPC skillsets that address the increasing requirements of key industrial and academic sectors we must support and grow our skill base in this area. Dr Collis’ work in this area both in research and outreach has been exceptional. We look forward to adopting these key learnings in Canada,” Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer Compute Canada.
Compute Canada’s first action will be to work with WHPC to understand why women are underrepresented and to create activities in training and outreach to address this issue.
Women in High Performance Computing
The Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network supports collaboration and networking by bringing together female HPC scientists, researchers, developers, users and technicians from across the UK. It encourages women in HPC to engage in outreach activities and improve the visibility of inspirational role models. Its activities are complemented by research into the influence of UK equality initiatives on the HPC community.
About Compute Canada
Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Together they provide essential digital research services and infrastructure for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. its world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 35 partner universities and research institutions across the country provide direct support to research teams and industrial partners.