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Move the Needle

Levelling up the People of HPC

Move the Needle is a collaborative project between Alces Flight and Women in HPC (WHPC) focused entirely on the efforts people are making to transform our field of supercomputing to one that is more diverse and inclusive.

Our first season of Move the Needle will run from February, 2024 to November, 2024.  Throughout this period we will be gathering research, conducting interviews, and running a goals and accountability group to find out what people are doing around the world to ‘move the needle’ towards making our community more open and welcoming.

Everything we do will be shared with the community!  You can see what we’ve learned so far here on this page.  Have a look, or find out how to join in. Welcome!

The Goals of Season One

This is our first season of Move the Needle, which means we are in a space of exploration!  We’ve managed to secure several interviews with individuals working to progress our field and gathered a small team of folks willing to share their journeys.  With that in mind we hope to:

  • Identify and share the projects, programs and stories of progress in equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion (EDIA) in HPC.
  • Discuss the blocks, barriers, and issues that hamper progress in creating a more welcoming space.
  • Explore building better legacy in HPC through people and sustainability initatives.

We further hope to develop community engagement ‘mini-projects’ so that we can engage as wide of an audience as possible.

The Accountability Team

Part of this project is to recruit a group of individuals willing to share and account their journey to move the needle in HPC.  This group:

  • Will select up to three goals towards moving the needle forward in HPC.
  • These goals can be personal or group-focused.
  • The size and scale of these goals can vary from personal development all the way through major EDIA programs or reviews.

Over season one they will be submitting surveys detailing progress and be offered opportunities to meet up online or in-person to listen and exchange stories and advice.

Our season one team was openly recruited from December, 2023 to February, 2024.  Publications from our surveys and meet-ups will be posted here.  Check back soon for more.

Knowledge Portal

We are lucky to have several individuals and groups who have come to us to share their knowledge about moving the needle in EDIA.  As such, we’ve created a knowledge portal to capture the interviews, publications and more for ease of access.

Project Dates

Here are the important project dates and milestones:

  • December 8, 2023 to February 5, 2024: Open Recruitment for Accountability Team.
  • February 12, 2024: Accountability Team Launch
  • July 8, 2024: Project Halfway – Public Update
  • November 18, 2024: Accountability Team Wrap-Up
  • December 6, 2024: Final Community Report

We will be regularly updating our Knowledge Portal with interviews, reports, and information – Coming Soon!