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June 28, 2011

Compute Canada - the organization leading the creation of a powerful national high performance computing (HPC) platform for academia and scientific research in Canada - announced it is partnering with Super Micro Computer, Inc. to build a HPC platform for its humanities initiative.

HPC for the Humanities is part of a distributed network of high performance computers sharing data resources and tools among academic researchers throughout Canada. This initiative will enable humanities researchers to take advantage of the enormous...

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June 15, 2011

WestGrid is pleased to announce its 2010-2011 Annual Report. Download the report to read about the past year’s highlights and accomplishments, including new state-of-the-art compute and storage systems at institutions throughout Western Canada. The report also features interviews with a handful of innovative researchers from WestGrid’s thriving user community. We hope you enjoy reading the publication. If you have any questions or feedback, write to us at...

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June 13, 2011

Ray Miller is starting with ACEnet as the new Executive Director on Monday, June 13, 2011.

 

“Ray's background in leadership will stand ACEnet well,” said Graham Mowbray, previous Executive Director of ACEnet, “and his experience in both the Communications/Networking world and the Computing world will be valuable as ACEnet works with Compute Canada and CANARIE to build Canada's new Digital Research Infrastructure.”

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June 6, 2011

On June 30, 2011, Compute Canada and WestGrid will launch new HPC resources at both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). The upgrade to SFU's Bugaboo system will be unveiled at 10:30 am, while the expansion to UBC's Orcinus system will be showcased at 1:30 pm.


University of British Columbia
1:30-2:30pm
Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC
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May 31, 2011

The Gaussian license has been moved from Checkers to Grex. The transition, which started May 6, has gone smoothly. As of today (May 31), jobs requiring Gaussian software can only be run on Grex. The Grex cluster is a better fit for Gaussian computation, with three times more memory than Checkers, and a robust file system.  

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May 24, 2011

Keith Archer, Member of the WestGrid Executive Committee, has been appointed British Columbia's next Chief Electoral Officer.


"The quality of applicants considered during our process was very high,” said John van Dongen, Chair of the all-party Special Committee and MLA. “The committee is confident that Dr. Archer is an excellent choice to fill the position of Chief Electoral Officer. He has impressive knowledge of electoral management, voting systems and a strong record of accomplishments in administration and strategic project...

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May 6, 2011

The SciNet Consortium at the University of Toronto selected the NextIO vCORE Express 2070 systems because their research professors needed a powerful and flexible GPU system that would allow them to quickly solve rapidly growing and complex research problems. With the NextIO vCORE Express solution, researchers can obtain access to larger amounts of fast GPU memory than would be available in just a single GPU traditionally located in a system. This doubles their existing memory capabilities to run simulations, such as kinematic measurements...

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May 2, 2011

 

Alex Szalay looks to the skies to study the universe’s largest structures. Frank Würthwein examines evidence of matter’s tiniest components. Both are counting on the next generation of computers to drive their discoveries.

What unites Szalay, the Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, and Würthwein, a physics professor at the University of California, San Diego, is their need to move and sift an enormous amount of data. They’re testing the capacity of computers available today while thirsting...

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April 27, 2011

'Data Deluge' Is Changing, Expanding Supercomputer-Based Research

 

 

ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2011) — The exponentially increasing amount of digital information, along with new challenges in storing valuable data and massive datasets, are changing the architecture of today's newest supercomputers as well as how researchers will use them to accelerate scientific discovery, said Michael Norman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer...

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April 21, 2011

ARM Holdings' high-performance, low-power Cortex-A15 processor design will appear in products in late 2012 or early 2013, when it will begin to muscle in on territory long dominated by Intel's x86 architecture.

 


"With our upcoming Cortex-A15 processor, we are definitely moving closer to the day when your smartphone or tablet can act as a primary computing device," ARM mobile marketing exec James Bruce ...

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