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 helps 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).


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).


Rick Arthur (@arthurrge) said...

A fine list! My postings (@arthurrge) are more sporadic than in prior years, but I try to stay engaged with the others listed.

Eva C. said...

With the level of expertise, depth and breadth of experience BioTeam has in the research computing/HPC space - following BioTeam and SME's like Chris Dagdigian, Ari Berman and Karl Gutwin would be valuable, informative and interesting to anyone looking to deepen their knowledge and remain current with constant flux of Supercomputing, HPC, and Cloud.