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2018 Visualize This Challenge WestGrid Compute Canada
December 19, 2018

WestGrid is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Visualize This! Challenge. First place was awarded to Philippe Nazair, a Data Visualization Developer at Université du Québec à Rimouski and part of the MERIDIAN consortium.

A video of his entry is embedded below, or you can click here to watch it directly on Vimeo.

 

Second prize was...

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WestGrid users in the news
December 13, 2018

Our ‘Users in the News’ series showcases and celebrates researchers who have recently made headlines, from local papers to international newswires. Did we miss anything? Send your news to info@westgrid.ca.

Investment helps establish Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing facility in Edmonton

Western Economic Diversification Canada - November 15, 2018

The University of Alberta, a WestGrid member instituation, has received $5.2 million funding from Government of Canada to...

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December 8, 2018

CANARIE has announced the nine successful recipients of its Research Data Management (RDM) funding call, announced in May 2018. This new funding will enable research teams to develop software components and tools to enable Canadian researchers to adopt best practices in managing data resulting from scientific research.

“Canada produces some of the world’s best science. To stay competitive, our researchers need access to advanced computing and big data resources. Thanks to CANARIE...

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November 30, 2018

WestGrid would like to share an early holiday gift on Tuesday, December 18, with our final Community Town Hall of 2018.

This session will feature a special presentation from Compute Canada's Director of Information Security, Jonathan Ferland, with the most recent cyber security statistics in Canada, and a summary of the Government of Canada's Top 10 Security Practices and how they apply to your research data.

Patrick Mann, WestGrid's Director of Operations will also share the latest updates affecting advanced...

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November 27, 2018

Final submissions for the Visualize This! Challenge are due no later than Friday, November 30 at 11:59 pm Pacific. Hosted by WestGrid and the Compute Canada Visualization Team, Visualize This! is a Canada-wide competition that celebrates the innovative ways visualization can help researchers explore datasets and answer important scientific questions.

Datasets

This year the Visualize This! Challenge is comprised of two separate competitions:

  • a scientific visualization challenge...
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WestGrid Newsletter November 2018
November 20, 2018

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's first Annual General Meeting
  • ...
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November 13, 2018

On Friday, Nov 2, WestGrid had a Community Town Hall for a special presentation on Compute Canada's 2019 Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC)*. WestGrid's Director of Operations and Lead of the RAC Technical Review, Patrick Mann, shared the latest RAC updates, submission best practices, and advice for increasing the likelihood of a successful submission.

If you were unable to attend this session, you can...

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November 13, 2018

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (http://csdh-schn.org/) invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, panels, and digital demonstrations for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2019 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of British Columbia, from June 2-4 (https://www.congress2019.ca/).  

Proposals for papers (20 min.), digital demonstrations, and panels (2-6 speakers for a 90-minute session) will be accepted until 17 December 2018 and...

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2017 WestGrid User Survey
November 12, 2018

WestGrid is asking all advanced research computing (ARC) users, past, present and future to tell us what resources, services and support are most needed to better enable researchers in Canada, today and tomorrow. 

The primary purpose of the survey is to help guide WestGrid's strategic planning and redevelopment, which will be happening over the next 6-12 months. Our main goal moving forward is to enhance our support and services to advance research...

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November 10, 2018

Earlier this month, Kamil Marcinkowski, WestGrid Site Lead at the University of Alberta, gave a webinar on ‘Common job submission errors and how to avoid them’ for researchers using Compute Canada systems.

This session was targeted at users who are familiar with submitting jobs on Compute Canada systems, but who could use some tips on using the scheduler more effectively. He shared...

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