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WestGrid Research Computing Summer School - UBC

WestGrid Research Computing Summer School University of British Columbia


Monday, June 24, 2019 to Thursday, June 27, 2019


This June, WestGrid and the University of British Columbia Advanced Research Computing (ARC) team are hosting their third annual Research Computing Summer School. Courses will explore topics in:

  • high performance computing and parallel programming
  • machine learning
  • research computing with Python, MATLAB and Chapel
  • next-generation sequencing
  • databases on Compute Canada clusters
  • scientific visualization

Schedule and more information:

All materials (schedule and course descriptions) can be found on the Summer School event website.

Other details:


  • Participants only need to register and pay once to attend as many or as few courses as they would like. There are three categories of registration:
    • Researcher / Student / Staff @ UBC or other WestGrid Member Institutions*: $35
      This includes faculty, students of all levels, postdocs, staff.
      WestGrid Member institutions include the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Manitoba.
    • Non-Member Institution registration: $45
      This includes faculty, students of all levels, postdocs, staff
    • Public / Industry / Non-Academic registration: $55

Who Should Participate:

  • Anyone interested in building knowledge and skills for computational research
  • All research disciplines and skill levels are welcome to register. Some courses may require some pre-requisite knowledge. Please see the notes below and check the course descriptions for more details.


  • All participants will require a base level of knowledge or skill in programming and using Linux. For example, you must be familiar with tasks such as:
    • Listing files and directories
    • Making directories
    • Changing to a different directory
    • Copying, moving, and removing files and directories
    • Displaying and searching the contents of a file

      On Day 1, the session "Bash Scripting & Tools" can provide this base knowledge for anyone unfamiliar with using Linux command line.

  • Some courses will require additional or more advanced level knowledge or programming skills. Check the course descriptions for more details.

  • All academic participants are encouraged to obtain a Compute Canada account. To register for a free Compute Canada account, click here. We will also be providing guest accounts.

  • All non-academic registrants will be provided a guest account.
  • We strongly encourage participants to obtain an Eduroam account through their institution. This will provide you with a reliable wifi network connection while on campus. To get an Eduroam account, contact your local IT Department.

More Information:

If you have questions or would like more information on this WestGrid Summer School, please contact Alex Razoumov -