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February 22, 2019

Join us Friday, March 1, for our first Community Town Hall of 2019.

This session will feature a special presentation on using large scale systems such as Cedar and will share some best practices to help users mitagate the risks of system instability.

Patrick Mann, WestGrid's Director of Operations, will also share the latest updates affecting advanced research computing users in Western Canada. Attendees are welcome to ask questions on these and any other topics and may join the session at any time.

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February 22, 2019

A free workshop series is coming to Simon Fraser University (SFU) in March, co-hosted by SFU WestGrid. The sessions will provide hands-on introductions to essential tools and skills used in computational research. Researchers in all disciplines are invited to participate. No prior experience is required for any of the topics being covered. You can attend single sessions or the entire series, and these workshops are open to anyone -- researchers from other institutions and organizations outside of SFU are welcome to register.

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February 21, 2019

WestGrid's quarterly newsletter is now available to read online. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive WestGrid newsletters, sign up here.

Stories this month include:

  • A recap of WestGrid's2018 User Survey
  • An...
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February 19, 2019

Thank you to the more than 260 respondents who took the time to complete our third annual WestGrid User Survey last November. The purpose was to gather feedback on user and stakeholder satisfaction and to get a better understanding of your current and future research computing needs. 

We’re happy to share a snapshot of this years results in our 2018 User Survey Infographic.

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February 13, 2019

Cedar will be unavailable March 1 for required system software updates. Jobs with run times that would extend into March 1 will not be started prior to the outage, and any jobs still running by March 1 will be terminated. 

The system is planned to be back online by the end of the day, March 1, however, data on the /project filesystem will not be available until after March 4 in order to expand the /project filesystem. Therefore, researchers who want to run jobs on Cedar between March 2-4 must copy...

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WestGrid webinar Valgrind Feb 2019
February 11, 2019

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, February 20 for brief introduction to Valgrind, a system for debugging and profiling Linux programs. This online presentation is being hosted by Tyson Whitehead, an HPC Consultant with SHARCNET / University of Western Ontario.

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Memory debugging with Valgrind
Wednesday, February 20

10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific 
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WestGrid webinar text parsing Feb 2019
January 28, 2019

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, February 06 for brief introduction to some of the core concepts of analyzing text using computational tools.

We will use examples from social science research where multiple data sets refer to the same individuals and they need to be merged while accounting for deviations in how individuals are named or described.

This online presentation will be hosted by Ian Percel, a data scientist at the University of Calgary.

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Text parsing & matching...

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January 21, 2019

The CANHEIT-ARC 2019 conference, Canada’s premier conference for higher education IT leaders and advanced research computing (ARC) experts, is seeking session proposals in a range of topics in research and higher ed trends and technologies.

The event is co-hosted this year by Compute Canada, CUCCIO, the University of Manitoba, The University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, and St. Boniface University. WestGrid is also a partner. 

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January 18, 2019

On Tuesday, December 18, WestGrid hosted a Community Town Hall with a special presentation from Jonathan Ferland, Compute Canada's Director of Information Security. He shared a summary of the Government of Canada's Top 10 Security Practices and how they apply to research data.

Other topics discussed at the Town Hall included:

  • some of the latest system activities and outages
  • early results from the 2018 WestGrid User Survey
  • winners of the 2018 Visualize This Challenge
  • upcoming training webinars...
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WestGrid webinar RDM March 2019
January 17, 2019

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 so far for 2019 and join our mailing list for updates about new training sessions added to our program! 

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