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July 8, 2014

For Immediate Release 
July 8, 2014

(Vancouver, B.C.) – WestGrid and Compute Canada are pleased to announce a new partnership with the BC Cancer Agency’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre to support expansion of the Centre’s secure, advanced research computing (ARC) systems. 

The BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre will become the latest WestGrid and Compute Canada ARC site, benefiting researchers across Canada with increased access to bioinformatics software, expertise and extremely secure computing storage. This...

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WestGrid July 2014 Newsletter
July 6, 2014
WestGrid's July 2014 newsletter is now available online. Top news items include the announcement of our partnership with UBC IT Services for our basic support services, and a new online workshop for WestGrid users: How to Get the... Read more...
WestGrid Service Now
June 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce the partnership of UBC IT and WestGrid/Compute Canada for Tier I user support. Under the agreement, UBC IT will assume primary operation of the WestGrid Support contact centre, streamlining the process for handling straightforward inquiries, and managing the growth of a knowledge base for frequently asked questions.

“UBC’s IT Service Centre will become the first point of contact for all WestGrid user support inquiries...

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Lustre FS in WestGrid
June 29, 2014

Modern research computing is a rapidly growing field. Amongst this constantly changing landscape, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of data one needs to store, access, and process. Initially, most WestGrid clusters had a storage capacity in the order of tens of terabytes (TB). Today, a single group, or even a single user, may require more than this amount to tackle a single computational problem.

In order to process this volume of data, we need a fast, reliable, and robust file system (FS) which can be accessed by...

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June 24, 2014

Further to its recent announcement for SPARC, Compute Canada is issuing a call for whitepapers addressing the future needs of specific research disciplines. The feedback gathered from these whitepapers will be used to inform and influence Compute Canada's rewewal submission to the CFI. 
This year, the CFI is planning to announce the...

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June 20, 2014

WestGrid's University of Alberta Site Lead, Kamil Marcinkowski, will be delivering a new online seminar July 17, 2014 based on a tutorial given at the unversity's recent and very popular HPC Workshop Series.

DATE: Thursday July 17, 2014 TIME: 12 noon PDT / 1:00 pm MDT / 1:00 pm CST / 2:00 pm CDT LENGTH: 2 hours LOCATION: Online via Vidyo videoconference (desktop/... Read more...
June 19, 2014

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, has announced a $2.4 million in investment in eight new projects to enable Canadian scientists to analyze, visualize and share immense volumes of research data, transforming data into knowledge and insight that contribute to Canada’s economic and social development.

“Canada is a world leader in the development of reusable research software services that are used in...

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June 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Compute Canada applauds and supports the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) announcement of consultations in preparation for the $50 million cyberinfrastructure initiative. It signals an important step in renewing Canada’s commitment to this essential enabler of scientific and industrial leadership.

This initiative builds on CFI’s previous investments in 2006 and their...

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June 15, 2014

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has launched a new funding initiative to provide Canadian institutions and their researchers with the infrastructure required to enable groundbreaking data-intensive and computationally challenging research in areas of strategic importance.

The CFI Cyber-infrastructure...

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June 8, 2014

A panel discussion around the Big Data challenges and opportunities facing the academia and industry sectors will kick off HPCS 2014 as a pre-symposium workshop on June 24. Sponsored by NSERC, and open to both the public and HPCS registrants, the panel will bring together researchers and industry representatives for a lively discussion that will debate existing concerns, possible solutions, and future directions of Big Data Analytics.

Industry panelists will include...

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