Tackling society, industry, and science challenges through inclusiveness

Our world is confronted with immense challenges, from genetic diseases to natural disasters, and I believe that engineering and science hold the key to how we solve these problems. We’ve all experienced instances where technology has or could have played a better role in amplifying the quality of our lives or the lives of others.lisa-smith-and-diane-bryant-re-croped.jpg

Within High-Performance Computing (HPC), there are still many as-yet discovered ways we could help researchers and scientist make progress faster. Accomplishing this, however, requires a healthy pipeline of computer scientist (i.e., code developers) and domain research experts (i.e., chemist, physics, material scientist, etc.) working together.

These big challenges in society, industry, and science can best be met by leveraging a diverse pool of ideas. We’ve all witnessed progress on these challenges and can attest to the value of having diverse thought, experiences, and mindsets applied to the problem.

In true Intel fashion, we are out front in helping to build an HPC talent pipeline that mimics the makeup of society. Monday, we announced two programs aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in HPC. The first is an HPC internship program, which will offer students exposure to the various facets of HPC by rotating them through different computer science and research teams at Intel. We believe that broadening students’ exposure to HPC will encourage them to discover new ways of developing applications that ultimately help bring solutions to humanity.

The second program is a scholarship program. Intel is committing US$300,000 a year for the next five years to fund scholarships for underrepresented minorities who are pursuing graduate degrees in computational and data science. Intel will work with SIGHPC to award these scholarships beginning in 2016.

We encourage those attending SC15 to join the Diversity-focused discussions. Intel is hosting two of them: “Diversity and Innovation in HPC” and “Women Impacting HPC Tech Session.”

Collectively, we can make a deeper impact in technology through inclusiveness.