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May 13, 2015

Due to overwhelming demand this popular workshop is being offered once again!

Are you interested in analysis of 2D images and 3D image stacks? If so, you're in luck because the Advanced Materials & Processing Laboratory at the University of Alberta and Videre Analytics are having a workshop!

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May 11, 2015

Modern CPUs offer more than one processing unit (or core) and the best way to harness the power of these CPUs is to either run multiple programs at the same time or to find parts of a program to run concurrently.  One of the easiest ways to create parallel regions within a program (e.g., by splitting the iterations of large loops) is to use the OpenMP API.

OpenMP (Open Multi Processing) is a de-facto industry standard API (application programming interface) to divide the work in...

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May 4, 2015

WestGrid, the IRMACS Centre, and the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) are collaborating to deliver a free workshop at Simon Fraser University focusing on data visualization tools and techniques. The full-day workshop will introduce the basics of scientific visualization, as well as explore the popular visualization software ParaView and visual analytics tools such as Trifacta,...

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April 28, 2015

As part of Research Data Management Week (May 4-8, 2015) at the University of Alberta, the Information Services and Technology department is running a special High Performance Computing workshop series with sessions on Compute Canada and WestGrid's services as well as instructional tutorials for using HPC to support your research. Open to users of all levels, the sessions range in...

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April 27, 2015

WestGrid is pleased to offer a new webinar to help kick start summer research programs to take your research to the next level. This 90-minute, webinar builds on a previous workshop - Introduction to OpenMP - presented in March 2015 (CLICK HERE to view the archived recording and materials from this presentation). 

This session will delve deeper into using ...

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April 26, 2015

ACENET has announced the session details for its 2015 Spring Training program and is offering a online option for remote viewing. Starting Wednesday, April 29 and running to Thursday, June 4, the topics range from introductory themes to advanced tutorials. Many sessions will also be broadcast via webstream, enabling researchers across Canada to participate in these training opportunities remotely. An overview list of the topics is included below, and full details of session...

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WestGrid April 2015 newsletter
April 24, 2015

WestGrid's April 2015 newsletter is now available online.

News items this month include:

  • Compute Canada was recognized in the Federal Government 2015 Budget as a key pillar of the digital research infrastructure in Canada
  • a QuickTips article on using the Python scripting language
  • WestGrid data volumes on Cybera's advanced research network have increased by 22% over last year...
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Python
April 23, 2015

The Python scripting language appears to be gaining a significant following for scientific computing on WestGrid systems. Applications include job management, constructing workflow "pipelines" in bioinformatics, pre- and post-processing data for chemistry and engineering software, text processing, graphics creation with matplotlib, statistical analyses with pandas and...

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April 23, 2015

Over the past year, WestGrid has transferred more than 5 PB of research data across Cybera and CANARIE’s advanced networks in Western Canada, representing a 22% increase in network traffic from 2013-14. That amounts to more than 80 million filing cabinets of text travelling between computing clusters and data storage facilities at WestGrid’s partner institutions across four provinces.

“Our users’ projects are becoming increasingly more data-intensive and reliant on high-speed networks to support big data transfer, cloud computing...

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Budget 2016 Digital Research Infrastructure Investments
April 21, 2015

New investments announced today will accelerate discovery and innovation in Canada by supporting the essential tools required to conduct world-leading research.

Compute Canada applauds the Government of Canada’s announcement of $100 million to be invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation funding in digital research infrastructure in Canada. It looks forward to working with the Government of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation to ensure these funds address the urgent and pressing needs in data management...

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