Lovely shout-out by Thomas J. Sterling (Indiana University)

Thomas J. Sterling (Indiana University) delivered his 18th International Supercomputing Conference (ISC21) keynote address on Wednesday, November 30. Before he closed, he expressed gratitude for the efforts of a number of industry icons, and included Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek) among them.

Senior Editor John Russell (HPCwire) captured the highlights and closed his article with this quote by Dr. Sterling:

“The final person here is one who frankly, we really need to acknowledge and that is Elizabeth Leake. Now many of you know Elizabeth, she is part of our community and always with a friendly smile. But she is much more than that. She is the founder of STEM-Trek…I can’t read to you the long list of accomplishments, but through STEM-Trek, students are encouraged and engaged in high performance computing. She has singularly managed to acquire travel grants for students who otherwise, frankly, would never get to see …

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HPDC 2021: Live from Sweden via Brazil!

By Ana Solórzano (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Hello STEM-Trekkers! I would like to share my experience attending HPDC (ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing) for the first time, virtually, June 21-25, 2021. I also served as a chair for the PERMAVOST’21 workshop which was held during HPDC.

In its 30th year, HPDC is one of the most prestigious international conferences in the HPC field, and features the latest research on the design, implementation, evaluation, and use of parallel and distributed systems for high-end computing. This year, there were seven workshops and a tutorial.

Monday was workshop day for the P-RECS’21 – 4th Workshop on Practical Reproducible Evaluation of Computer Systems, with a great keynote by Tanu Malik (Associate Professor, DePaul University-US), who …

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STEM-Trek receives 2020 HPCwire Workforce Diversity Leadership Readers’ Choice Award

17th Annual HPCwire Awards Presented to Leaders in the Global HPC Community

SAN DIEGO, Ca.  — November 16, 2020 — STEM-Trek Nonprofit has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented digitally during the virtual 2020 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC20) via The list of winners was revealed and is accessible through the HPCwire virtual booth, and on the HPCwire website,   STEM-Trek was recognized with the following honor(s):

Readers’ Choice: Workforce Diversity Leadership Award

The annual, highly coveted, HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a rigorous nomination and voting process that engages the global HPCwire community and includes intensive review and selections from the HPCwire editorial team. The awards represent prestigious recognition from the HPC community and have become a proud, prominent feature of the publication. These accolades are revealed each …

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ScienceSlam@SC20 Grand and First Prize Winners!

Congratulations, Bryan Johnston (Centre for HPC, South Africa). Bryan won first place in the Outreach category, then prevailed in the final run-off against four others.

The ScienceSlam@SC20 challenge was to communicate complex scientific content in terms that could be understood by a 13-year-old. Student judges for the first round ranged in age from 10 to 20 years; all were from rural communities in the U.S. and South Africa. For the final contest, the audience was a mixture of contestants, families, friends and others from the HPC community.

Bryan’s video described the history and evolution of a training initiative that prepares the HPC workforce in more than a dozen countries throughout southern Africa. While many of us reverted to an online format in 2020, his team made that move well before the pandemic when they realized that open-source training and VMs in the cloud are far more efficient than …

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PEARC20 – A New Virtual Experience

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By Ana Luisa Veroneze Solorzano,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

I was excited to attend the Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) conference for the first time. Even in this year’s virtual mode, I felt that the PEARC20 week was intense – almost as if I had attended in-person!

First, I set up my daily schedule using the conference interface, Brella. This allowed participants to enter virtual rooms to see each presentation and contribute to interactive dialogue, before migrating to the next session. I participated in the PEARC20 Student Program, too. It was a great week, and I felt extremely welcome by the PEARC community; I can tell that everyone put a lot …

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SC19 All-Star Lineup!

Sixteen attended SC19 with help from STEM-Trek and friends. Nine offered blogs to share their experience, and we’ve captured the collection here.

We would like to thank SC19 General Chair Michela Taufer, Google, HPCNow! and STEM-Trek friends and advisers for their help.

Michael Jeszenka (Georgia Tech)

Vitalina Baptiste (MoRENET, Mozambique)

Umesh Upadhyaya (HPCNepal)

Eugene de Beste (U-Western Cape, South Africa)

Henry Simfukwe (ZAMREN, Zambia)

Marcus Bond (SE Missouri State)

Anton Limbo (U-Namibia)

Rosanne Els (U-KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)

Strahinja Trecakov (New Mexico State U)

Many worked together to make SC19 possible – more than:780 volunteers, 370 exhibitors, 1,150 presenters, and a record 13,950 attendees.

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SC19: Sharing Economy extends budgets so more can participate!

By Strahinja Trecakov, Systems Developer, Information and Communication Technologies at New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Well, I finally made it to SC!

For almost three years, I have wanted to attend the worlds biggest high-performance computing (HPC) conference, but it hasn’t been possible, until 2019.

In July, a colleague recommended the STEM-Trek organization and its programs that help HPC and data specialists attend high-tech conferences. I applied, and few days later, I was selected.

My travel grant included a full tech program registration (workshops and tutorials), and accommodation. My out-of-pocket was minimal, and flights from NM to DEN are usually reasonable. I lodged in STEM-Trek’s “Ubuntu House@SC” — a beautiful, new 3BR/3BA AirBnB condo where three stayed one week for what it would have cost for a single room in a downtown hotel. …

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SC19: Nepal’s HPC Champion pushes forward with help from his friends

By Umesh Upadhyaya, HPCNepal

One of my presentations at the HPCKP’19 conference in Barcelona focused on the “Importance of High-Performance Computing (HPC) in the Himalayas.”

My participation in Barcelona was supported by HPCNow! and I learned a lot from their Singularity and EasyBuild workshops.

I did not know I would be able to attend SC19 until Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek) contacted me to let me know that they could help. A surprise, last-minute donation made it possible. Since I was already in New Jersey, U.S., it was easier, and cheaper, for me to travel to Denver than it would have been from Kathmandu.

This was my second time to attend SC, but this time I was representing my own startup, HPCNepal, which my friend and I co-founded to build the human capital and infrastructure required for our country to succeed.

It was possible for me to explore …

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SC19: From SCC to SC

By Eugene de Beste, Systems and Cloud Developer/Administrator with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, a part of the University of the Western Cape

My journey with systems and HPC administration starts with the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) of South Africa and their Student Cluster Challenge (SCC). I was involved in the third-ever challenge of this kind in South Africa and went on to represent South Africa with my team at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) SCC in 2014, placing first. This proved to be a monumental part of solidifying my desire to continue in this field. As such, I joined my research unit as an HPC and Cloud systems developer from 2017. It is quite fitting then that the CHPC, along with STEM-Trek, would help me find my way to Supercomputing 2019 in Denver.

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