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Compute Canada resources for COVID-19 research
March 27, 2020

The Compute Canada Federation (CCF) is able to provide advanced research computing (ARC) support for COVID-19 focused research. If your project is related to COVID-19 and you could benefit from compute resources and support, please reach out to us.

This support could include:

  • Providing access to cloud resources, high-performance clusters, storage or boosting your job priority
  • Consulting in high-performance computing (HPC), data management, data analysis, machine learning, and visualization
  • Connecting you...
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March 27, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 01 where we'll look at Gnuplot, a portable command-line driven graphing utility for Linux, MS Windows, MacOS and many other platforms. This online presentation will be hosted by Dmitri Rozmanov, Senior Data Scientist at the University of Calgary.

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Scientific graphing with Gnuplot
Wednesday, April 01
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
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March 12, 2020

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) officially launched on March 11, 2020 with its first members’ meeting and the election of its inaugural Board of Directors. This new, national not-for-profit organization will support a collaborative and agile digital research infrastructure community across Canada.

NDRIO will provide the digital tools, services and infrastructure that scholars and scientists need to conduct the kind of leading-edge research...

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March 11, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday March 18 where we'll look at Chapel, a high-level parallel programming language for shared- and distributed-memory systems. This online presentation will be hosted by Alex Razoumov, WestGrid's Visualization and Training Coordinator.

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Working with data files and external C libraries in Chapel
Wednesday, March 18
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
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March 9, 2020

The Cedar supercomputer will be offline and unavailable during March 16-22, 2020 as part of a major system expansion and upgrade. During this week-long downtime, the Cedar team will be adding 768 compute nodes (36864 cores) and 192 GPU nodes (768 GPU cards), as well as:

  • upgrading BIOS and firmware of compute nodes and network switches
  • upgrading the operating system
  • upgrading the file system software and storage controller firmware
  • upgrading the network drivers
  • modifying the...
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WestGrid Research Computing Winter School University of Victoria
March 1, 2020

WestGrid runs training activities year-round, ranging from online webinars to in-person workshops and summer schools. Mark your calendars for the upcoming training activities we've confirmed for 2020 so far, and join our mailing list for updates as new training sessions are added to our program.

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February 27, 2020

Do you have an interesting project that could provide value to a research community but needs some technical expertise to implement? We want to work with you!

We have developer expertise to share with the research community and we’re looking specifically to support scientific gateways (also known as research platforms or portals).

Example potential project outcomes include (but are not limited to):

  • providing web-enabled access to large databases
  • providing links or access channels to HPC...
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February 21, 2020

WestGrid’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of John Longbottom as WestGrid’s new Chief Executive Officer.

John brings a wealth of experience across the telecommunications, utilities, government, and insurance sectors, having previously held senior positions in sales, marketing, and general management. Prior to joining WestGrid, John led IBM Canada’s innovation strategy in Western Canada, including its Smarter Cities initiative, which focused on creating value through new information technology (IT) models,...

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February 19, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday March 04 where we'll look at high performance research computing using Julia, a high-level, high-performance, dynamic programming language. This online presentation will be hosted by Marie-Hélène Burle, WestGrid's Research Computing Training Assistant.

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High performance research computing with Julia
Wednesday, March 04
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
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February 16, 2020

On Friday, January 31, WestGrid hosted a Community Town Hall where our Director of Operations, Patrick Mann, shared the latest updates on WestGrid and Compute Canada activities. Topics discussed at the WestGrid January Town Hall included:

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