<span class="var-sub_title">Data Science and HPC Education and Outreach</span> SC18 Proceedings

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

Data Science and HPC Education and Outreach

Authors: Linda McIver (Australian Data Science Education Institute), Charlie Dey (University of Texas), Ilkay Altintas (San Diego Supercomputer Center), Robert Sinkovits (San Diego Supercomputer Center)

Abstract: There are many people in the SC community doing great work in Education and Outreach in the Data Science and HPC space. It’s time to build community so that we can share resources and ideas, warn each other of pitfalls, and make our combined efforts more effective. This BoF is a chance to share what you do, connect with others, and help plan the inaugural International Conference on Data Science and HPC Education and Outreach. Connecting with schools is a crucial way to increase diversity in Supercomputing.

Long Description: There is a lot of outstanding work being done in Education and Outreach in the SC community, but everyone is facing two very similar issues. “It’s not my real job” - it’s usually an add on that people do because they’re passionate about it, but they frequently lack resources and support (and especially time) No-one is very aware of the other work people are doing in this space. In other words, there’s no community around it. This means everyone is reinventing the wheel, making the same mistakes and encountering problems other people have already solved. As well as coming up with fabulous ideas that other people could benefit from. How much more could we achieve if we brought together all of the people working in this space - from industry, academia, schools, and everywhere - to share resources, develop ideas, and build a community of practice? We know that Data Literacy, Data Science, and Technical skills are crucial for today’s students. We know that we need greater diversity in HPC, and the path to that is kids having great experiences with technology from early on. So we need to redouble our efforts to engage with schools - but those of us already working in this space are already giving it everything we have. It’s clear we need a community to support us! The gender breakdown of last years BoF leaders shows we still have work to do - there were 257 male leaders compared with only 48 females, and 66 out of 78 sessions had no female leaders at all. Connecting with students at all levels and showing them the power of HPC and Data Science is a crucial step in lifting diversity in HPC and Data Science.

It’s time to build an international community of practice, both online and in real life, to strengthen Data Science and HPC Education around the world. This BoF will explore how to found and develop such a community, and begin planning for the First International Conference on Education and Outreach in Data Science and HPC.

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