Gender and equality in HPC

Athina Frantzana, a PhD student at EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computer Centre) University of Edinburgh, is working on understanding the obstacles facing women in the HPC community and how to improve equality. The main objective of her research is to quantify the demographics based on gender and other data, identify the reasons of the under-representation of women in HPC and suggest the best practices in engaging more women in the HPC community.

Athina is currently collecting data through a survey. She is looking for people of all genders and of every possible background, that are currently working in any HPC field/sector and position. If you fit this description, please complete the survey.  The closing date for responses is the 30th of April 2016.

Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16) + Hackday

The Software Sustainability Institute’s annual Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16) –  focusses on hot topics, sharing of best practice and nascent tools and approaches in research software. If you write, use or have an interest in software that enables better research then CW16 is your must attend event of the year!



CW16 takes place from 21-23 March 2016 at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.


The main focus at CW16 will be software and reputational credit. Other themes will also be investigated, including reproducible research, data science, collaborative working, and the sharing of code and data.

You will gain:

  • An up-to-date understanding of key themes in research software.
  • A chance to share experiences and learn about the latest tools and practices.
  • An ideal hunting group to find future collaborators.
  • A rapid introduction to effective collaborative working.
  • An opportunity to improve your research related writing skills in a session hosted by a professional Science communicator.

CW16 brings together researchers, software developers, managers, funders, publishers, trainers and more to share practice, explore ideas, highlight problems and establish a community-based understanding of the current state of research software.

This will also be your chance to meet many of the Institute’s 2016 Fellows ( They act as ambassadors for software in their varied research domains: including the digital humanities, bioinformatics, psychology, Earth systems, health, physics, high performance computing and social science.

CW16 is an ‘unconference’ event, which means that you get to control the direction of the workshop by voting for the topics we discuss.

The workshop’s themes will run through the schedule. They will be discussed in keynotes, lightning talks, and demos, and debated during discussion sessions. At the end of the workshop, some of the themes will be picked up by the CW Hackday.

The CW Hackday focus will be on topics ideas from the workshop although you are free to bring your own ideas and data. There will be prizes for the best team efforts. The Hackday will start on the evening of 22 March after the main CW16 event. Please note attending the Hackday only is possible but requires registration; a nominal fee to cover catering applies.

The workshop is the premier annual research software related event run by the Software Sustainability Institute, it is consistently rated 90% by attendees for usefulness and enjoyability; many new ideas and collaborations in interdisciplinary research have started at Collaborations Workshops.
To find out more about the topic for this years CW take a read of – 


Register for CW16 and the CW Hackday at – we look forward to seeing you!

EMiT 2016 conference 2-3 June 2016, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

EMiT (EMerging Technology) conference series will hold its 3rd annual event on 2-3 June 2016 at Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, which is co-hosted by Mont Blanc as well as The University of Manchester.



The EMiT conference series brings together experts from all areas of computing to examine how to best take advantage of the changing landscape of computer hardware and novel techniques.

We are seeking 1-page abstracts, for peer review, on one (or more) themes of the conference. Deadline is 12 February.

The conference themes include:

  • Device-independent Compilers
  • High Level Languages
  • Low Power & Energy Efficient Computing
  • Advances in Novel Hardware
  • Numerical Algorithms
  • Applications

Invites for keynote speakers and sponsors/stalls include ARM, Lorena Barba (George Washington), James Demmel (Berkeley), IBM, Intel, NVIDIA and Willian Sawyer (Exa2Green). Details will be finalised shortly.

Conference fees will be just 100 Euros (and reduced to 75 Euros for students).

Further details can be found on our website: You can also follow us on Twitter using @EMiT2016 or email us at to register your interest or to discuss sponsorship and exhibition details.

N8 HPC Annual Report 2015 released

Thank you to all N8 HPC Project PI’s who completed our annual survey over the autumn. The N8 HPC Annual report 2015 has been approved by our governance groups and is therefore now available. It has also been distribute to our funding body, EPSRC. N8 HPC continues to go from strength to strength with over 160 projects registered on the service and over 400 registered users. Research output enabled by N8 HPC is rapidly increasing with 182 research papers acknowledging the use of N8 HPC in 2015. For more details please see the N8 HPC Annual Report 2015.

EPSRC want to hear your views

In order to secure funding for the next generation of computational research provision, EPSRC is assembling evidence to present a persuasive case for continued support.  This will include capital and associated resource funding to provide the tools that the computational research community will need to carry out world leading research.

A key component of this process is to develop a science case across EPSRC’s remit which

  • demonstrates current focus of computational research
  • highlights successes
  • identifies the future cutting edge science questions that will be a focus for the community in the years ahead

To enable this science case to be built EPSRC has developed a survey and are now asking for community opinions – the survey can be found here.

EPSRC are keen to receive responses from the broadest possible range of computational researchers and all responses will be considered to form a vital evidence base.

We hope that you will take the time to complete this important survey and have your voice heard.

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