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September 22, 2011

Compute Canada is calling for proposals to all Principal Investigators (PIs) at Canadian academic institutions, to obtain access to Compute Canada’s High Performance Computing (HPC) resources. In addition to offering access to computing resources with an aggregate peak of more than 1 PetaFlops of compute power and 5 Petabytes of storage, Compute Canada also offers applications-enabling assistance from HPC experts at the regional consortia.

Allocations will be valid for one year,...

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September 16, 2011

The Coast to Coast Seminar Series are hour-long presentations given on scientific topics and made accessible to audiences at a number of remote sites through collaboration technology. The first in this series is Tuesday, September 20 with Dr. Martin A. Andresen, from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser...

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September 8, 2011

WestGrid and Coast to Coast are excited to announced the dates and speakers for the Fall semester’s Coast to Coast (C2) Seminar Series. The C2C Seminars are hour-long presentations held every two weeks discussing scientific topics and made accessible to audiences across Canada through collaboration technology.

  • September 20: “The importance of spatial analysis when modeling social systems” with Dr. Martin A. Andresen from the School of Criminology at Simon...
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September 2, 2011

NVIDIA is hosting a grant program that would be of interest to any WestGrid users who are graduate students involved in GPU-based research. NVIDIA’s 11th Annual Graduate Fellowship Program is awarding grants of $25,000 each to 10 PhD students around the world who are researching parallel computing.

WestGrid currently uses NVIDIA for a...

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August 24, 2011

We are pleased to announce the dates for the Fall 2011 WestGrid Seminar Series:

  • October 12: Introduction to WestGrid, Patrick O’Leary, Director of Operations, and Rob Simmonds, Chief Technology Officer, WestGrid
  • October 19: How to Use WestGrid Resources, Edmund Sumbar, Programmer and Systems Analyst, Academic Information and Communication Technologies, University of Alberta
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August 15, 2011

The University of Alberta Academic Information and Communication Technologies' (AICT) Visualization Tools and Techniques Workshop is on now until August 19. Broken into a series of courses, the workshop is focused on the tools and techniques of scientific visualization. The courses will involve hands-on examples for participants to work through to reinforce discussion of theory. These courses are offered without charge, but registration is required....

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August 4, 2011

WestGrid demonstrated a 3D, virtual data system to a private delegation visiting the University of Calgary on August 11, 2011. Called an IQ-Station, which stands for “Inexpensive Interactive Immersive Interface”, it is a virtual reality tool that allows researchers to interact with complex datasets in a three-dimensional way. It combines a 3D television with two computers, several monitors, and six tracking cameras to enable the 3D effects. The machine is also equipped with a LIDAR dataset, which was demonstrated, along with the work of...

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July 19, 2011

The TeraGrid 2011 conference is happening now and runs until July 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event, themed “Extreme Digital Discovery”, showcases the research and education capabilities, achievements, and impacts of TeraGrid, an open scientific discovery infrastructure combining leadership class resources at 11 partner sites across the United States to create an integrated, persistent computational resource. The conference program is exploring the impacts that increasing computing...

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July 7, 2011

 The Applied High Performance Computing (HPC) Section of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), which provides a service of signals intelligence to the government and ensures security of the federal government’s information infrastructures, is looking to fill two term and/or indeterminate positions for Senior HPC researchers with experience in developing and implementing HPC solutions to solve problems in cryptology, knowledge discovery and data...

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June 29, 2011

For Immediate Release 
June 30, 2011

(Vancouver, B.C.) – Upgraded high-performance computing (HPC) systems with massive memory and exceptional speed are being launched today at two British Columbia universities. This will give researchers the tools to solve problems that have previously been beyond their reach. Nearly $17 million has been invested through the Compute Canada / WestGrid project towards upgrades at the...

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