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March 14, 2014

Compute Canada Calcul Canada (CC) has appointed Mark Dietrich as President and CEO of the organization. He will assume his duties on April 1, 2014.

“Mark has a proven track record of accomplishments at an executive level, and he understands the interfaces between business, academia and government, and the value of building strong relationships across these sectors,” said Don Hathaway, Chair of the Compute Canada Board of Directors. “Compute Canada is at an important juncture...

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December 12, 2011

For Immediate Release

December 13, 2011

 

Nearly 300 terabytes – the equivalent of about 25 million large phonebooks – of astronomical research data has been copied from the National Research Council’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics’ (NRC-HIA) Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) in Victoria, BC and transferred to Compute Canada/WestGrid storage facilities at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK as part of the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR) project....

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June 29, 2011

For Immediate Release 
June 30, 2011

(Vancouver, B.C.) – Upgraded high-performance computing (HPC) systems with massive memory and exceptional speed are being launched today at two British Columbia universities. This will give researchers the tools to solve problems that have previously been beyond their reach. Nearly $17 million has been invested through the Compute Canada / WestGrid project towards upgrades at the...

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June 29, 2011

WESTGRID USER PROFILES, UBC:


Gren Patey, Department of Chemistry
Gren Patey’s research group is using WestGrid’s HPC resources to simulate and measure the structure of ion-water behavior in nanopores. This information offers important clues in understanding and influencing the transport of ions and water through systems such as nanotubes and biological channels. Preliminary results from the WestGrid simulations have alluded to new methods of altering ion transport.
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January 17, 2011

WestGrid and Compute Canada are pleased to welcome Patrick O'Leary as the new Director of Operations for WestGrid. Starting on January 17, O’Leary will oversee the operations of WestGrid’s core network, including network troubleshooting procedures and upgrades, and providing support and project management for WestGrid operations staff and site team leaders at 14 partner institutions across British Columbia, Alberta,...

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December 21, 2010

One of the world's most energy-efficient supercomputing machines is being launched at the University of Manitoba today. Grex, an SGI Altix® XE1300 cluster, is the latest addition to the WestGrid/Compute Canada framework and is being launched in conjunction with the official opening of the univerity's new...

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December 10, 2009

Researchers across Canada will soon have access to state-of-the-art high performance computing clusters at the Universities of Victoria and Calgary. The new Compute Canada systems hosted by WestGrid – and worth nearly $13 million combined – will advance research productivity and enable scientists to run sizeable and computationally intensive simulations for analysis. The new systems will be available for use starting in the spring of 2010.

For more details on the new systems' features,...

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November 19, 2009
A Canadian software company and a leading provider of high performance nanophotonic design software, Lumerical Solutions Inc., is donating 10 simulation engine licenses of its finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) software to Compute/Calcul Canada at one of the new WestGrid installations. The licenses will enable FDTD Solutionsʼ academic customers in Canada to run, at no additional cost, large simulations on any number of the 3072 cores of WestGridʼs Orcinus cluster.cluster with Infiniband interconnect.

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November 5, 2009
The Pacific Ocean is about to flow into the Canadian Prairies.

No, it’s not a new global warming scenario. It’s a newly inked agreement that will see a duplicate set of all the scientific data being collected by the world-leading VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatories sent to an advanced data storage system at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Led by the University of Victoria (UVic), VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada are transforming the way we study the oceans. Using innovative engineering, data communication and... Read more...
April 1, 2009

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1 April 2009

(Saskatoon, SK) – New data storage resources at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will help science, math and engineering faculty uncover more accurate results in a faster timeframe for their large-scale and data-intensive research challenges.

Installation of the new IBM storage system – a $3.2-million investment among WestGrid, the U of S, the Province of...

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