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South Dakota State University research computing specialist selected to help coordinate a supercomputing conference

Maria Kalyvaki, a South Dakota State University high-performance computing domain specialist, has been chosen to participate in the Women in IT Networking at Supercomputing (WINS) 2017. The annual International Conference on High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, also known as the Supercomputing Conference, will be held Nov. 12-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Kalyvaki, who works in the Department of University Networking and Research Computing, has been selected along with five other women nationwide to participate in the WINS program where she will be a member of the communications team. Their role will be to help build and run the SCinet network at the conference.

WINS, which is in its third year and is funded by the National Science Foundation and DOE/ESnet, was created to promote diversity throughout the SCinet staff and to give opportunities to qualified women in the information technology field to join the construction of SCinet, which is a high-performance network built annually to support the conference.

“This is a tremendous collaborative opportunity, and it will expose me to different areas of supercomputing,” Kalyvaki said. “The person who was selected last year is now the chair of the communication team. They sustain these people, and they try to keep in contact with them for help every year to create a bigger team.”

Kalyvaki’s research computing specialist job at State requires her to communicate with vendors and explain high-performance computing. At SC, staff members will mentor her and possibly provide different ideas and communication methods.

Kevin Brandt, the manager of University Networking and Research Computing, said, “Maria possesses exceptional qualities to establish collaborative opportunities with university and external consortiums to help foster growth in grant awards and enhance our partnership with the SDSU research community.

“Such an experience will provide value in her role as a facilitator of high-performance research networking and computing to benefit the university,” Brandt said.