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Intro to WestGrid / Compute Canada & Advanced Research Computing


Speaker Info:

Jamie Rosner
National Bioinformatics Team Co-Lead, Compute Canada; Life Sciences Analyst, Advanced Research Computing
The University of British Columbia


Does your research have needs for large-scale computing, data management, or storage? Compute Canada, in partnership with WestGrid and other regional organizations, provides state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems and software for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. Compute Canada receives funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and its services and resources are available for free to any academic researcher in Canada.

Join us for an introduction to Compute Canada and WestGrid. This talk will provide an overview of some of the expertise, resources and services available to support your research, and will explain how to get an account and start using the systems. University faculty, grad students, and staff from all disciplines are invited to attend.

Compute Canada service offerings include:

  • Computation – Expandable power ranging from the equivalent of a second desktop to supercomputers with thousands of cores, terabytes of RAM, and a variety of system architectures.
  • Data Storage – Robust storage solutions for backup and mid- to long-term storage.
  • Cloud – Virtual-machine development space that includes an outward-facing IP address.
  • General Analyst/Consultant Support – Consultations regarding project architecture and resource needs with technical experts with skills ranging from specialty software selection to program optimization.
  • Globus – Fast, secure, sharing and fire-and-forget file transfers.
  • ownCloud – 50Gb of shareable, Dropbox-like space available across multiple devices.
  • Portals – Hosting for specialized data and tools for entire research communities.
  • Specialized Software – More than 250 software programs and packages already integrated with Compute Canada systems.
  • Visualization Support – Dedicated 3D visualization expert available.

Who Should Attend:

  • Any research faculty, grad students, or university staff in any discipline. This is an information session, so no previous knowledge or experience with advanced research computing is necessary.


Seminar Slides