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February 24, 2017

Join WestGrid on Tuesday, March 14 for an online webinar that shares an introduction to Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations and explores some of the basic features and capabilities of LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator), a classical MD code. LAMMPS has potentials for solid-state materials (metals, semiconductors) and soft matter (biomolecules, polymers) and coarse-grained or mesoscopic systems. It can be used to model atoms or, more generically, as a parallel particle simulator at the atomic,...

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February 20, 2017

Join WestGrid on Tuesday, February 21 for an online workshop that digs deeper into using OpenMP. This builds on the Intro to OpenMP: Part 1 session delivered on January 31 and introduces new OpenMP directives to tackle hard-to-parallelize problems. Participants will be led through a series of hands-on, interactive examples during the workshop.

Tuesday, February 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific Time
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February 19, 2017

On February 28, WestGrid's Visualization Coordinator Alex Razoumov is hosting a free hands-on workshop at the University of Alberta on data visualization. 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).

Tuesday, February 28
9:00 - 4:30 pm
ECHA L1-220 (Edmonton...

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February 18, 2017

Registration is now open for HPCS (the High Performance Computing Symposium), Canada’s premiere Advanced Research Computing (ARC) conference. HPCS brings together top researchers from across Canada and around the world, as well as major industry partners. This year’s conference is being held in Kingston, Ontario June 5 to 9, and will include a range of keynote sessions and technical workshops designed to appeal to the...

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February 17, 2017

Compute Canada has launched its annual Awards of Excellence to recognize exceptional contributions made by the advanced research computing (ARC) experts who help Canada’s research community achieve bigger, better, and faster results.

Compute Canada’s mission is to create and sustain a world-class advanced research computing platform that is accessible by researchers in all disciplines — independent of resource or...

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February 14, 2017

Imagine patterning and visualizing silicon at the atomic level, something which, if done successfully, will revolutionize the quantum and classical computing industry. A team of scientists in Edmonton, Canada has done just that, led by a world-renowned physicist and his up-and-coming protégé.

University of Alberta PhD student Taleana Huff teamed up with her supervisor Robert Wolkow to channel a technique called atomic force microscopy—or AFM—to pattern...

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February 6, 2017

On January 27, 2017, as part of WestGrid's ongoing initiative to keep its users informed, our management team and support staff shared the latest updates from WestGrid on:

  • the new national system at SFU - Cedar/GP2
  • the migration of users and data off WestGrid legacy systems
  • upcoming ARC training opportunities

If you were unable to attend this WestGrid Town Hall session, you can view the archive materials below: 

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January 31, 2017

World-class Canadian researchers, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Arthur McDonald, have joined forces to raise awareness of how essential advanced research computing resources are to their research success. Taking to social media, researchers are putting on a traditional Canadian "tuque" and holding signs with "Supercomputing Fuels My Research" slogan and the hashtag #tuques4compute.

The Nobel Laureate joins several world-class researchers who are linking their research success to access to...

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January 30, 2017

Compute Canada is offering two pairs of scholarships to the 2017 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). These will be awarded via a competition closing February 9, 2017.

Submissions must include:

  • The name and institutional affiliation of a research based co-applicant (Faculty, Postdoc, or Graduate Student).
  • The name and institutional affiliation of a Compute Canada based co-applicant (analyst or consultant)....
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January 30, 2017

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the eighth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 25 to 30, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado, United States of America.

Applications are due March 6, 2017.
For more information, or to apply visit the website...

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