Google Expands PEARC17 Student Program

STEM-Trek Nonprofit is pleased to announce that Google, Inc. is a STEM-Trek Platinum supporter of the PEARC17 Student Program. The donation will increase the number of students who can participate in the Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing conference which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana-U.S., July 9-13, 2017.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had a vision for their new search engine in 1995: “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Their early objective explains Google’s current affinity with STEM-Trek, a global, grassroots public charity that supports travel and workforce development for “HPC-curious” scholars from underrepresented groups and under-served regions.

Google doesn’t just accept difference; we celebrate it, support it and thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, products and community,” said Vint Cerf, Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist. “PEARC17 presents a rare opportunity to expose …

Read More

PEARC17: Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing

Have you heard about PEARC17? Please join us in New Orleans July 9-13, 2017

PEARC is an exciting new summer conference series that continues in the tradition of the annual XSEDE conference. This year’s theme is “Sustainability, Success and Impact.” Dave Hart (NCAR) is the general conference chair, and Alana Romanella (Virginia Tech/STEM-Trek Adviser) is leading the student program. STEM-Trek is fundraising to support the student program, and I’m serving as its diversity chair.

From the conference site:

“PEARC17 welcomes all who care about the challenges in using and operating advanced research computing. Organizations supporting this new conference include the Advancing Research Computing on Campuses: Best Practices Workshop (ARCC), XSEDE, the Science Gateways Community Institute, the Campus Research Computing (CaRC) Consortium, the ACI-REF consortium, the Blue Waters project, ESnet, Open Science Grid, Compute Canada, the EGI Foundation, the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), and Internet2. Learn more …

Read More

STEM-Trek honored to receive HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award for Workforce Diversity Leadership

STEM-Trek Nonprofit was recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The list of winners were revealed at the HPCwire booth at the event, and on the HPCwire website, located at   STEM-Trek was recognized with the following honor: Editors’ Choice: Workforce Diversity Leadership Award.

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. These awards are revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

“From thought leaders to end users, the HPCwire readership reaches and engages …

Read More

Help us build the STEM-Trek Gap Fund!

Donate now

What’s a gap fund?

STEM-Trek’s gap fund will supplement general travel awards from nonprofits, like STEM-Trek, government agencies, or technical conferences that sponsor high performance computing (HPC), data science and software development training programs. Supplement awards bridge financial gaps that might otherwise cause economic hardship when employees or students take time away from their daily obligations to attend a conference, workshop or other professional development opportunity.

Who qualifies?

Applications are welcome at any time from HPC-curious scholars (ages 21-99) who feel like they can’t afford to take time off to train, and are therefore reluctant to apply for travel grants.

It’s easy to apply! Six weeks or more before the activity, applicants should submit a letter of interest to that describes the need, a budget, letter of recommendation from a non-family associate who is familiar with the applicant’s financial situation and training goals, and …

Read More

Nominate Early-Career Scientists in the Developing World for an Elsevier Foundation Award

Posted at the request of the OWSD Committee:

Call Open for 2017 Elsevier Foundation Award Nominations for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

Nominations for excellence in research in the field of engineering and innovation accepted through September 15, 2016

Call For Nominations OWSD 2017

Amsterdam, June 22, 2016 – Nominations opened today for the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, a high-profile honor for scientific and career achievements by women from developing countries in five regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, the Arab region, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and East and South-East Asia and the Pacific. The theme for 2017 will be engineering and innovation. Nominations will be accepted through September 15, 2016.

The awards are sponsored and organized by The Elsevier Foundation, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World …

Read More

HPC On Common Ground @ SC16; Because Borlaug Wasn’t Born in Boston

By Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek)

STEM-Trek collaborated with Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the South African Center for High Performance Computing (HPC) to plan a workshop and networking activity for technology facilitators who support education and research computing in rural regions of the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. “HPC On Common Ground @ SC16” activities took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 11-19, 2016 during the annual supercomputing conference.


OCG-Sponsors-SC16-3So why “rural,” and what does Borlaug have to have to do with supercomputing?

Norman Borlaug was one of the most important scientists of all time and the only person to have been credited for saving one billion …

Read More

How Travel Improved My Confidence & Altered My Career Trajectory

MelissaAbdelbakyHeadshotBy Melissa Romanus (Rutgers University)

There are certain experiences in life that have a profound impact on you. And, even if you don’t know it at the time, you are forever changed by them. Without a doubt, the most impactful experience of my graduate research career was the opportunity to participate in the SIAM-CSE15 Broader Engagement (BE) program.

When I applied, it was right after I had changed research groups, which left me feeling overwhelmed, discouraged and alone. At the time, I had no idea how effective the SIAM-CSE BE program would be in helping me conquer these feelings, and elevate my confidence for the future.

I was dreading the first night of the conference, …

Read More

Lengau: Focused on Global Grand Challenges with an African Lens

By Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek (photography by CHPC and STEM-Trek) Also featured in HPCwire!

South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Program Director Kagiso Chikane recently welcomed 100 guests to the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town for the dedication of the fastest computer on the African continent.

“Lengau,” which means “Cheetah” in the African Setswana language, ranked 121 on the June Top 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. However, none hold a candle to Lengau’s potential when it comes to solving the world’s grand challenges that are deeply rooted in Mother Africa.

Program Session Director Nico Meintjes, Chief Executive Officer of Eclipse Holdings opened his presentation with a quote by the late Nelson Mandela,

It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Meintjes credited CHPC Director Happy Sithole’s vision and leadership. “He knew that to out-compute, is to out-compete. However, it’s …

Read More

South Africa’s CHPC unveils the fastest computer on the African continent

Posting on behalf of our friends at the South African CHPC:

The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has unveiled the fastest computer on the continent, a petaflops (PFLOPs) machine.

This is a super computer with processing speed capable of a thousand-trillion floating point operations per second. Floating point operations or flops are used in computing to calculate extremely long numbers.

With over 24 000 cores, the machine is the fastest computer on the African continent owing to its speed of roughly one petaflops (1000 teraflops) which is 15 times faster than the previous system named Tsessebe (Setswana for Antelope).

Tsessebe had a peak performance of 24.9 teraflops/second and became number 311 on the world’s top 500 supercomputers and was ranked number one in Africa.

Following the history of CHPC of naming its high performance computers after fastest animals in the …

Read More

South Africa: Exascale in the 2020’s

By Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek / Photography by Lawrette McFarlane (As featured in HPCwire)

The South African Center for High Performance Computing’s (SA-CHPC) Ninth Annual National Meeting was held November 30 through December 4, 2015 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Center in Pretoria, SA. The award-winning venue was the perfect location to host what has become a popular industry, regional and educational showcase.

Exascale in the 2020’s

With the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) being built in the great Karoo region, implications for SA and the HPC industry have captured the attention of a broad range of stakeholders. SKA will be the world’s biggest radio telescope, and the most ambitious technology project ever funded. With an expected 50-year lifespan, SKA Phase One construction is scheduled to begin in 2018, and early science and data generation will follow by …

Read More