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November 17, 2009
CLUMEQ (Consortium Laval, Université du Québec, McGill and Eastern Quebec), one of the 7-consortia making up Compute Canada has completed a supercomputing platform at the Quebec site. It is on the campus of Université Laval inside a renovated van de Graaf silo, and is one of the most eco-friendly facilities in the world, with an innovative cylindrical layout for the data center. This cluster will feature upwards of 12,000 processing elements. Compute racks will be... Read more...
November 9, 2009

The Commission on Computational Physics (C20) of IUPAP seeks nominations for its 2010 Young Scientist Prize. Nominees should have a maximum of 8 years of research experience following their PhD and should be the principal performer of original work in Computational Physics of outstanding scientific quality. The award will be 1000
euros, a medal, and a certificate. The award will be presented at the Conference on Computational Physics CCP2010 to be held in Trondheim, Norway on June 23...

November 2, 2009
Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), WestGrid's main funding partner is an independent corporation created by the government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFi’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to carry out cutting-edge research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

CFI's 2008-09 Annual report is now available:
- English...
October 30, 2009

WestGrid researcher Peter Tieleman has recently been named among the Top 40 Under 40 in 2009 by Avenue Magazine.  Dr. Tieleman is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences where he and his research team do ground-breaking work with computer modelling of cells that could lead to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and prion diseases. At age 37, Peter Tieleman is at the top due to his many acheivements including being awarded the...

October 30, 2009
HPCVL is offering two three-day workshops on parallel programming using OpenMP, Posix Threads, and MPI.

They will take place on the following dates:

University of Ottawa:
Nov. 25 "Introduction to OpenMP", 20 Stewart Street Rm 105
Nov. 26 "Introduction to Posix Multithreading", 20 Stewart Street Rm 105
Nov. 27 "Introduction to MPI", Cube Bldg. Rm 202

HPCVL, Kingston: all at HPCVL Main Office, 993 Princess St., Suite 115
Nov. 30, "Introduction to OpenMP...

October 21, 2009

Summit 09: Partnerships in CI Development was held in Banff last week. The event provided a venue for many technology-driven groups to co-locate their meetings alongside the Summit to take part in side networking or new collaboration opportunities. These side meetings included the WestGrid Executive Committee and the WestGrid Member Council meetings held on Wednesday, October 15, 2009. Various WestGrid Principal Investigators and Vice-President (Research) and/or delegates were in attendance.

October 13, 2009
HPDC2010 -- Call for Workshops
We invite proposals for workshops to be held with the ACM Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing to be held in Chicago, Illinois in June 2009. Workshops will be held June 21-22, preceding the main conference sessions June 23-25.

Workshops provide forums for discussion among researchers and practitioners on focused topics or emerging research areas.  Workshops may be organized in whatever way is appropriate to the topic, possibly including invited talks, panel discussions, presentation... Read more...
October 8, 2009
Please note that the following seminar has been CANCELLED

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Using WestGrid - Part II

October 5, 2009
Computer (and Human) Perfection at Checkers

Organized and distributed by AARMS, ACEnet, IRMACS Centre, SHARCNET, SciNet, and WestGrid
Session Theme: Artificial Intelligence

Jonathan Schaeffer
Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

11:30 PDT / 12:30 MDT / 12:30 CST / 13:30 CDT

Abstract: In 1989 the Chinook project began with the goal of winning the human World Checkers Championship. There was an imposing obstacle to success -- the human... Read more...
September 28, 2009

Brian Corrie (Collaboration & Visualization Coordinator / Technical Director, IRMACS) and Todd Zimmerman (Collaboration & Visualization Specialist / UBC-Okanagan) of WestGrid have recently contributed a chapter to the book entitled "Media Space 20 + Years of Mediated Life".

Bulid it: Will they come?

"Scientific research is fundamentally collaborative in nature, and many of today's complex scientific problems...