Monday, June 21, 2021

Azure HPC After Hours Social Event at ISC 2021

This has been a tough year as we’ve been isolated and away from other people more than most would like.  In an effort to intentionally reconnect – even if it means virtually in the short term – we are committed to finding every possible way of engaging with you, the HPC community, in every practical way.  While we are hopeful in-person events will restart in the near future, we do not want to wait on that to re-engage with the incredible community of engineers, scientists, and developers who live and breathe HPC + AI.  There has never been a greater need to rebuild personal connections and engage socially, and the technology space is no exception.  Our vision is to enable fruitful informal connections between people from across the community, including Microsoft experts, through a healthy, supportive atmosphere of knowledge exchange, idea iteration, industry topic debate, and architecture comparison that improves the universal experience for everyone’s benefit.


Open Community Social Launch Event

To get the ball rolling here, we’re going to host a virtual 60-minute event during the upcoming ISC21 Conference as an inaugural ‘open community social’.  There is a not-so-planned panel agenda for this event where we will discuss various topics covering HPC + AI.  We have multiple topics we can banter back and forth, but that is secondary to engaging with YOUR direct questions or discussing topics that YOU suggest.  Our moderator will kick-off the event and be on the lookout for your questions / comments that we’ll ask our panel of experts to respond to.  While we know this does not replace in-person relationship building, we do hope you can carve out some time from your busy schedule to connect with us and each other.


Join the Azure HPC Community

We are launching an Azure HPC Discord group where you can engage with Microsoft Azure HPC subject matter experts and with one another to exchange ideas or just enjoy community interactions!  Please consider joining the group prior to our ISC21 Off Hour Social Event so you can connect with us directly after the virtual event ends.


You can join the Azure HPC Discord group here.


Azure HPC Community Calendar


Below is a list of future community events that are tentatively scheduled through the end of 2021.  Also, be on the lookout for more informal meetup events to be added to the schedule below.  Event updates will be posted to the Discord channel.



Event Title




HPC Community Launch


Open Q&A Social alongside the ISC21 Conference




HPC Community social gathering at SIGGRAPH




Major community social gathering hosted by Azure HPC SMEs




HPC + AI Social gathering


SC21 Meetup

In Person

HPC Community social gathering at Supercomputing


Design Automation Conference Meetup

In Person

HPC Community social gathering at DAC


While so many of the corporate investments and programs for HPC are centered around technologies, capabilities, speed, and costs, this one is refreshingly simple…it is about connecting through community.


We really hope you can join us for the launch and other events this year!

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