DescriptionHigh performance computing has always been a discipline at the leading edge of the computing ecosystem. By its very nature, HPC involves pushing technology to its limits and making new things possible. While exciting and motivating, these opportunities also involve stress and risk. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between being on the “cutting edge” and being on the “edge of the cliff”! Edgy even in the calmest of times, HPC is on the cusp of major technology and application disruptions that will require fresh approaches to nearly everything. In this talk I will share thoughts and advice on career paths in this highly dynamic discipline.