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Introduction to Compute Canada & WestGrid


Speaker Info:

John Simpson
Digital Humanities Specialist
Compute Canada


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 a 30-minute introduction to WestGrid and Compute Canada. 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 get started. University faculty, grad students, and staff from all disciplines are invited to attend.

Compute Canada current 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.
  • 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.
  • Cloud – Virtual-machine development space that includes an outward-facing IP address.