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April 21, 2014

HPCS is Canada's premier advanced computing forum. HPCS 2014 will bring Canadian researchers, analysts, and IT professionals from academia and industry together to exchange the ideas, tools, and new discoveries that are driving today's innovations in computational research. This year's theme is HPC Serving Society and includes sessions focusing on Bioinformatics, Big Data & Analytics, Computational Materials Science, Ocean & Atmosphere Modelling, Computational Chemistry,...

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April 16, 2014

WestGrid is seeking a Finance and Administration Manager to manage the organization's day-to-day financial and administration requirements. The position will report to the WestGrid Executive Director (ED) and will work closely with the Executive Committee, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and operational staff. The Finance and Administration manager will act as the liaison with WestGrid partner institutions...

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April 16, 2014

University of Alberta students, researchers and faculty are invited to register for a two-day workshop series was designed to provide high performance computing (HPC) users of all levels with an overview of Compute Canada and WestGrid functions and opportunities.

The first two sessions — scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 — are designed as beginner-level background courses. The...

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Heartbleed Bug
April 11, 2014

Everyone has by now heard about the Heartbleed vulnerability in the OpenSSL crytographic software library. This library is used by many encryption services, including the extremely popular Apache and Nginx web servers. WestGrid services were vulnerable, but WestGrid is pleased to report that all of its systems were patched within hours of the initial bug reports.

A successful attacker could have obtained passwords, security certificates, and other data, so we recommend that users...

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March 30, 2014

Thank you to all the speakers and attendees of our WestGrid Seminar Series and the Coast to Coast Seminar Series. More than 400 researchers took part in the seminars, which was videoconferenced to seven partner institutions and also livestreamed on the web. If you missed a talk or would like to refer back to a session you attended earlier in the season, please visit our...

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March 20, 2014

Over the last six months, Compute Canada’s senior management team conducted extensive consultations with the research community, engaging more than 500 individuals in the process, to inform the development of a plan that strengthens and supports the pivotal role it plays within Canada’s research and innovation agenda. Today it shared the results of this process -- a strategic document that frames and focuses Compute Canada’s priorities...

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March 17, 2014

This summer, from June 2 - 6, the University of Victoria will bring together faculty, staff and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library, and Archives communities to discuss and learn about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach.

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) will host a week of intensive coursework, seminars, and lectures where...

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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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March 8, 2014

A recent CANARIE investment of $4 million into nine innovative software projects across Canada includes four projects led by WestGrid users harnessing advanced computing tools to tackle major research challenges in areas of astrophysics and disaster management. The nine software projects receiving CANARIE funding will enable researchers to access, process, manipulate, visualize, and share immense volumes of digital data, accelerating the progression of this data from collection to breakthroughs that enrich the lives of Canadians. 

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March 6, 2014

This month, a University of Alberta (UofA) - led computer Go team will use the computational power of Compute Canada / WestGrid’s Hungabee cluster to try and improve on the 2013 top five finish of their program MP-Fuego at the Seventh UEC Cup Computer Go Competition in Japan. This international competition takes...

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