HPC on Twitter

Who are the best HPC people to follow on twitter?

A question I often get asked.

(Derived from this blog entry: https://www.hpcnotes.com/2013/10/essential-guide-to-hpc-on-twitter.html)


Some goals / rules:
  1. What are the minimum set of accounts you can follow and still expect to catch most of the HPC news, gossip, opinion pieces, analysis and key technical content?
  2. How to avoid too much marketing?
  3. How to access comment and debate beyond the news headlines?
  4. Which HPC people are not only active but also interactive on twitter?

I suggest 4 themes to follow:

  • First, the overall winner - unambiguously in my view: @HPC_Guru - "if it has not been mentioned by @HPC_Guru, then it's not real #HPC news!"
  • Second, according to taste, pick your favorite (HPC) news outlet: @TheNextPlatform @HPCwire @insideHPC @scwmagazine @SciCom @isgtw @Primeurmagazine @SciNode ... [list is not exhaustive or in any order - caveat - avoid offence ...]
  • Third, keep up with the two main events of the HPC community: @Supercomputing and @ISChpc
  • Fourth, follow @women_in_hpc
  • Finally, following your own tastes, pick a few of these comment/opinion tweeters, e.g.,
    • @hpcnotes (!)
    • @glennklockwood
    • @suhaibkhan
    • @hpcprogrammer
    • @hpcgal
    • @jamesdotcuff
    • @addisonsnell
    • @arthurrge
    • @KpDooty
    • @evanburness
    • @ircolle
    • @mndoci
    • @nicolehemsoth
    • @walkingrandomly
    • ...
    • ... there are many people out there. (please feel free to send me any suggestions)

I considered another category of the big supercomputing centers - e.g., @TACC @NCSAatIllinois @NERSC @EPCCed - there are many more [again, list is not exhaustive or in any order - caveat - avoid offence ...]. However, I think Rule 1 above negates this - in reality, most of the accounts above will retweet/mention the tweets from these supercomputing center accounts.

I also argued that vendor accounts (some of which are good to follow) would not make my top 5 (even top 10) because of Rule 1 (usually Rule 2 also).


Finally

The most obvious thing to follow for HPC on twitter: #HPC (although you'll have to put up with #HPC being used as a hashtag by some other communities too).



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