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May 24, 2017

On May 17, a new lustre file system with 418 TB of usable disk space was installed on Grex. During this time an outage was scheduled with user access disabled to allow migration of all data to the new system. Some updates on the status of the new system are provided below:

Current Status of Grex: TEST MODE

Right now Grex is available in test mode. Users can access their data and run jobs, but the system may need to be restarted if problems are found. 

Any jobs submitted prior to the outage were kept in hold but should be...

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May 8, 2017

WestGrid is launching a new Research Computing Summer School series for researchers interested in building knowledge and skills in using advanced research computing resources. The first schools will be at the University of British Columbia (UBC) June 19-23 and the University of Saskatchewan July 24-27.  

Courses will...

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May 6, 2017

SEEING BIG is back! Now in its third year, the SEEING BIG Data Visualization Showcase is a high-profile exhibit of state-of-the-art visualizations from Canadian researchers in any advanced research computing (ARC) field. Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to May 31, 2017

Entry Criteria & Selection:

  • We welcome high-resolution short movies and/or sets of still images. 
  • All submissions should include a brief explanation of the science behind the visualization...
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May 5, 2017

WATERLOO, ON (Friday, May 5, 2017) — The University of Waterloo, Compute Canada and Compute Ontario today unveiled the largest supercomputer at any Canadian university. Located at Waterloo, it will provide expanded resources for researchers across the country working on a broad range of topics, including artificial intelligence, genomics and advanced manufacturing.

Named Graham, the supercomputer can handle more simultaneous computational jobs than any other academic supercomputer in Canada, ultimately generating more research...

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May 1, 2017

Compute Canada has shared updated timelines for its RAC 2017 allocations and researcher access to the new national systems. Details on these, as well as a WestGrid migration reminder for Nestor/Hermes users, are highlighted below:

RAC 2017 Allocations
  • Allocations on Arbutus (...
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May 1, 2017

WestGrid's newsletter for the month of April 2017 is now available to read online. This month's newsletter includes a roundup of the regional activities and national initiatives that have kept the WestGrid team busy lately. Stories include:

  • WestGrid's Executive Director, Lindsay Sill, shares a recap from the launch of Cedar, Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer. 
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April 26, 2017

WestGrid's Visualization Coordinator Alex Razoumov is hosting a free hands-on workshop on data visualization at the University of Calgary on Thursday, May 04. The full-day workshop will focus on the popular visualization software VisIt and will include hands-on exercises. Faculty and students in all disciplines and experience levels are welcome to attend (you do not need to be a current WestGrid account holder to participate).

Thursday, May 04
9:00 - 4:30 pm
BI 211, Biological...

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April 20, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC (April 20, 2017) - Today WestGrid, Compute Canada, and Simon Fraser University (SFU) celebrated the launch of the most powerful academic supercomputer in Canada, Cedar. Housed in the new data centre at SFU’s Burnaby Campus, Cedar will serve Canadian researchers across the country in all scientific disciplines by providing expanded compute, storage and cloud resources.

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April 10, 2017

WestGrid would like to extend our thanks to the over 260 users who took the time to complete our survey this past fall. The response was overwhelming and not just in the number of completed surveys but also in the detailed comments provided. 

So without further ado, here are the highlights and some of the action WestGrid plans to take to address those issues users are most concerned with.

Background

WestGrid developed a user survey to gather feedback on user satisfaction with WestGrid’s current support and...

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April 4, 2017

This April Simon Fraser University (SFU), in partnership with Compute Canada and regional partner WestGrid, will launch a new, advanced research computing (ARC) system, Cedar, at SFU's Burnaby Campus.

One of...

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