Strategies for Working Remotely Panel Series @SC21 – Sustainable Hybrid Approaches for HPC

November 18, 2021 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC21)
St. Louis
Lois Curfman McInnes and Elaine Raybourn

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote work, ECP and the IDEAS Productivity project launched the panel series Strategies for Working Remotely, which explores important topics in this area. This panel discussion will be conducted during the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC21).


  • In Spring 2020 many of us abruptly transitioned from a primarily on-site to a primarily remote work experience. Unplanned and imposed remote work created a sea change that has altered the way we work now and will likely impact the way we work in the future. This panel will explore strategies for working remotely, with emphasis on how teams in high-performance computing (HPC) can be effective and efficient in long-term hybrid settings, where some staff work remotely and others on site, or collaborate while geographically dispersed. This shift provides an opportunity to be more inclusive and compassionate, opening doors for technological innovation to support how we work and communicate as teams of scientists. By exploring how hybrid settings can help with hiring and retaining a diverse set of employees, this panel session will offer an opportunity for dialog to help shape and influence the future of HPC work (Raybourn, 2020).


  • Sadaf R. Alam, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)
  • Christian Bischof, Technical University (TU) Darmstadt
  • Helen Cadematori, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Devin Hodge, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Kenjo Nakajima, University of Tokyo
  • Pat Quillen, Mathworks


  • Elaine Raybourn, Sandia National Laboratories