SC20 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

The Inner Workings of SCinet as Told by Four Alumni of the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) Program

Moderator: Marla Meehl (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR))

Panelists: Angie Asmus (Colorado State University), Jessica Shaffer (Georgia Institute of Technology), Julie Locke (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Soledad Toledano (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC))

Abstract: The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program was developed in 2015 to address the prevalent IT gender gap. Each year, over 200 expert volunteers design, construct and operate SCinet, a unique multi-terabit-per-second network built to support SC attendees’ HPC demos. WINS funds 5-8 qualified female early- to mid-career candidates to join the SCinet volunteer workforce. Selected candidates receive full travel support to participate in the SCinet construction. WINS has contributed to increasing the male to female ratio of volunteers from 13% to 24%.

For this panel discussion, four WINS alumni, who have ascended to team leadership roles, will share technical details on the areas of SCinet they have helped build since their first SCinet experience. A wide range of topics will be covered, including wide area networking, routing, cybersecurity and fiber installation. The speakers will discuss the arc of their skill and management growth during their SCinet tenure.


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