Broadening Participation in HPC: Together We Can Make a Difference
DescriptionAchievements in high-performance computing (HPC) ─ including computational and data-enabled science, analytics, learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) ─ drive progress in science and technology throughout our world. For example, collaborators in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) are pushing advances across a compelling range of scientific and engineering disciplines by pioneering a robust ecosystem of software technologies that exploit cutting-edge exascale computer architectures.

In order for the HPC community to address the most urgent scientific and societal challenges of the 21st century, the HPC workforce must embody a wide range of skills and perspectives … fully reflecting the diversity of society, including traditionally underrepresented communities — Black or African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, women, persons with disabilities, and first-generation scholars.

Each of us can make important contributions to broadening participation in HPC. This presentation will provide an overview of a variety of workforce efforts throughout the HPC community and opportunities for involvement. We will discuss the contributions of DOE lab staff who are working as part of the ECP Broadening Participation Initiative to address DOE workforce challenges through a lens that considers the distinct needs and culture of high-performance computing. Activities focus on three complementary thrusts: (1) Establishing an HPC Workforce Development and Retention Action Group to foster a supportive and inclusive culture in DOE labs and communities; (2) expanding the Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) internship and workforce development program as a multi-lab cohort of students from underrepresented groups (and faculty working with them), who collaborate with DOE lab staff on world-class R&D projects; and (3) creating the Intro to HPC Bootcamp, an immersive program designed to engage students in energy justice using project-based pedagogy and real-life science stories to teach foundational skills in HPC, scalable AI, and analytics while exposing students to the excitement of DOE mission-driven team science. The presentation will highlight the first bootcamp (a collaboration among staff from advanced computing facilities at Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, and Oak Ridge National Labs, Sustainable Horizons Institute, the DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, and academic partners), which took place in August 2023 and featured a variety of HPC energy justice projects inspired by the DOE Justice40 Initiative. We will also consider challenges and opportunities for future work to broaden participation in HPC.
Event Type
Invited Talk
TimeThursday, 16 November 20239:20am - 10am MST
HPC in Society
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