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February 8, 2016

As part of its continuing commitment to provide Canadian researchers with the most up to date technology, Compute Canada has announced the launch of its cloud development environment. This service will enable researchers to meet some of today’s advanced research computing challenges with increased flexibility, the ability to customize virtual machines to unique needs, no job queues, and the ability to work interactively.

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February 3, 2016

The Globe and Mail ran a front page story this week about Canadian scientists' increasing needs for advanced research computing (ARC) resources, and the current challenges Compute Canada faces in responding to the demand. Multiple Compute Canada staff and WestGrid users were interviewed in the feature story, including Compute Canada President Mark Dietrich, Compute Canada Chief Science Officer Dugan O'Neil, University of Calgary researcher Peter Tieleman, and University of Manitoba researcher Scott Ormiston.

“It’s the hardest year we...

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February 3, 2016

Compute Canada is launching its second annual recognition awards program to celebrate and recognize exceptional advanced research computing (ARC) support and expertise, helping Canada’s research community achieve bigger, better and faster results. As a national organization with a membership that includes more than 30 research universities, Compute Canada has access to a wealth of expertise,...

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January 30, 2016

On June 19 – 22, 2016, Compute Canada and WestGrid will be co-hosting HPCS 2016 alongside CANHEIT 2016 in Edmonton, AB. We are excited to partner with CUCCIO and the University of Alberta to bring together our two national conferences for a unique joint event. CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 will be Canada’s largest gathering of campus IT leaders and advanced research computing experts and researchers. The conference theme, Shaping the Digital Landscape, will explore how technology...

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January 29, 2016

From February to May, WestGrid staff at the University of Victoria will be hosting a series of free workshops that cover a wide spectrum of techniques and tools to help researchers deal with small and big data challenges. Each session will include hands-on exercises.

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January 29, 2016

WestGrid's newsletter for the month of January 2016 is now available to read online. Have you noticed anything different about our website and newsletter? After more than 10 years of loyal service, WestGrid's navy and maroon colours have been retired. We're pleased to kick off 2016 with a refreshed logo and a new colour scheme. We hope you like the new look.

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January 28, 2016

Compute Canada and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have announced they will collaborate to build a scalable national platform for research data management and discovery. The partnership joins information management expertise from the CARL Portage Network with information technology expertise from Compute Canada to develop services that researchers need to respond to the demands of data-intensive...

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January 24, 2016

Compute Canada, Canada’s advanced research computing platform, has announced the 343 recipients of its 2016 computing and storage allocations competitions, known as the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) and the Research Platforms and Programs (RPP) competition. The projects represent a diverse range of science areas and benefits to Canadians, from research in text analytics to brain...

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January 16, 2016

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the seventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 26 to July 1, 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Applications are due February 15, 2016. The summer school is sponsored by Compute Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) with funds from the U...

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January 14, 2016

Compute Canada is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to launch the Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge. This challenge, the first of its kind, will be led by social sciences and humanities researchers and see research teams compete against one another using open-data sets to develop systems, processes, or fully-...

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