Workshop Latin American Women in High Performance Computing – September 25 CARLA 2018

GuatiguarĂ¡ Technology Park, Piedecuesta, Colombia
September 23-28 2018

Workshop Agenda


  • Carla Osthoff
  • Salma Jaliffe


Panel about Women in Technology and HPC


Carla Osthoff (.br)
Salma Jalife (.mx)
Liliana Barbosa (.mx)
Marian Villa(.co)
Fernanda Foertter(.br)
Stella Miranda(.co)
Helena Gomez(.co)
Paola Buitrago(.co)

The use and development of High Performance Computing in Latin America is steadily growing. New challenges come from the capabilities provided by clusters, grids, and distributed systems for HPC, promoting research and innovation in this area. Building on the great success of the previous nine editions, this year the Latin American Conference on High Performance Computing (CARLA 2018) will be held in the GuatiguarĂ¡ Technology Park, in Piedecuesta town at Metropolitan Area of Bucaramanga City in Colombia, from September 26 to 28.

The technology industry is more preoccupied today than ever before with tackling big societal issues like education, sustainability, health care and the developing world. Those broader goals should attract a more diverse crowd and female students are far more likely to say they chose their future computer career based on a desire to help people or society. Moreover, research shows that diverse teams increase productivity, so addressing the lack of gender diversity is as important to the community. The underrepresentation of women is a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces. This workshop is a key step in addressing one aspect of the underrepresentation of women: helping to retain the women that are already in the field and provide them with the tools to prosper and excel. The workshop will provide activities of interest to two particular groups. Early and mid-career women working in HPC who wish to improve their career opportunities. Those responsible for hiring and recruiting staff that are interested in increasing diversity and retention of underrepresented groups in their organization. The workshop is open to everyone, not just women! As with all of our events, we encourage participation from all in the community. WLAHPC, following others WHPC initiatives, was created with the vision to educate and collaborate with the HPC community and encourage participation by providing knowledge, fellowship, and support to women and the organizations that employ them.

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