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WestGrid Seminars 2006

Introduction to Collaboration Technologies
Presented by Brian Corrie, WestGrid Collaboration and Visualization Coordinator
Wednesday, December 6, 2006

This session is targeted at those users who want to explore the use of collaboration technologies for their research. Although this session will focus on the use of AccessGrid technologies, a high level overview of collaboration technologies will be provided to introduce collaboration technologies to the audience. AccessGrid and the AccessGrid infrastructure that WestGrid has created will be described in detail.

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Intro to Scientific Visualization in the WestGrid Environment

Presented by Jon Johansson, AICT, University of Alberta
Wednesday, November 22, 2006

WestGrid provides a resource for scientific visualization in the form of an SGI Onyx Ultimate Vision computer with 24 processors, 14 GB of RAM and 10 graphics pipes. This machine is located at Simon Fraser University, but is available to WestGrid users from all WestGrid sites. We will discuss how to access this resource using SGI Vizserver software and then we will discuss some basics of scientific visualization using software that is available on WestGrid's visualization machine.

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Introduction to Grid Technologies
Presented by Cameron Kiddle, Grid Research Centre, University of Calgary
Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The aim of this seminar is to examine existing grid technologies and to learn how researchers might benefit from the use of these technologies. Basic grid services that enable single sign-on, resource discovery, job submission and high performance data transfers will be discussed. More advanced grid technologies that enable the automation of actions between grid resources, such as meta-schedulers and workflow managers, will also be discussed.

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Using WestGrid from the Desktop
Presented by Simon Sharpe, University of Calgary
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

This seminar will focus on how to access WestGrid's resources from your desktop computer. It is assumed that researchers are familiar with Windows, but Linux and Macintosh systems are mentioned as appropriate. Topics of discussion included an introduction to Unix; basic Unix commands; shells; getting help; and using SSH from Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Introduction to WestGrid
Presented by Jill Kowalchuk, University of Calgary
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

This session provided a general overview of WestGrid operations and resources, touching on some of the basics of opening an account and submitting jobs on WestGrid machines.

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Running Jobs on WestGrid
Presented by Simon Sharpe, University of Calgary
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

This session is targeted at new WestGrid users who have some UNIX experience. The presentation will cover topics such as TORQUE/Moab submitting, monitoring, output, troubleshooting and site selection. The differences in submission at different sites will also be covered. To download the PowerPoint presentation for this session, click here.


Parallel Programming with OpenMP
Presented by Edmund Sumbar, University of Alberta
Thursday, February 2, 2006

This session is targeted at researchers who would like an introduction to parallel programing on shared-memory machines. To download the PDF presentation for this session, click here.

 

Integrating Gridstore into the Job Submission
Process with GSUB

Presented by Edmund Sumbar, University of Alberta
Wednesday, January 25, 2006

This session is targeted at all current WestGrid users who submit jobs via qsub. GSUB is a suite of wrapper scripts for the familiar TORQUE commands (qsub, qstat, qdel). GSUB implements the automatic staging of job files between Gridstore and an execution site. To download the PowerPoint presentation for this session, click here.

 

WestGrid PI Presents at Coast-to-Coast Seminar
Presented by Jonathan Schaeffer, University of Alberta
Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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