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January 17, 2018

Toronto, Ontario (January 17, 2018) – Today, Compute Canada launched the Canadian Bioinformatics Helpdesk (https://bioinformatics.computecanada.ca/). This online community forum is free and aims to provide support for a wide-range of bioinformatics challenges faced by students, analysts, and researchers alike.

“Our hope is that this free tool — built by the bioinformatics community, for the community — will become the...

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January 12, 2018

Two hardware bugs, Spectre and Meltdown, have been identified as the sources of security vulnerabilities in the processor chips of computers, laptops and smart devices like tablets and mobile phones.

At this time, there are no known exploits impacting WestGrid or Compute Canada systems or users. WestGrid and Compute Canada system teams are working on patching all...

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January 8, 2018

Compute Canada is offering two pairs of scholarships to Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2018. These will be awarded via a competition closing February 8, 2018. Submissions must include:

  • The name and institutional affiliation of a research-based co-applicant (Faculty, Postdoc, or Graduate Student).
  • The name and affiliation of a technology/support based co-applicant (Project Manager, Programmer, Metadata Specialist, etc.).
  • A...
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January 4, 2018

On January 24, WestGrid's Training and Visualization Coordinator, Alex Razoumov, will host a free workshop at the University of British Columbia Okanagan that explores how to visualize large datasets on remote high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. 

Wednesday, January 24
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
REGISTER...

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January 2, 2018

On June 18 - 21, 2018, Compute Canada, CUCCIO and Simon Fraser University will co-host CANHEIT-TECC 2018, Canada’s premier conference for higher education IT leaders and advanced research computing (ARC) experts.

WestGrid is a supporting partner and we encourage you to join the discussion on the latest best practices, opportunities and challenges within the realm of higher education technology in support of research.

The CANHEIT-TECC 2018...

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January 1, 2018

On December 15, 2017, WestGrid hosted an online Community Town Hall to share the latest updates on legacy system migration updates and other WestGrid news.

Discussion topics included:

  • Migration off Bugaboo, which is being defunded / shut down on January 31, 2018
  • Upcoming ARC training opportunities
  • Winners of the 2017 Visualize This! Challenge
  • Preliminary results of WestGrid 2017 User Survey
  • WestGrid's call for inaugural Board of Directors
  • Compute Canada SPARC 2018...
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December 20, 2017

WestGrid's newsletter for the month of December 2017 is now available to read online. Stories this month include:

  • A recap of the activities and milestones from the last 12 months
  • Details about Compute Canada's scholarships available for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. The...
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December 20, 2017

WestGrid is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Visualize This! Challenge. First place was awarded to Jarno van der Kolk, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Ottawa Physics Department; second place went to Nadya Moiseeeva, a PhD student in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia;  and third place went to Thangam Natarajan, Dan MacDonald, Richard Windeyer, Peter Coppin, and David Steinman, a joint team from the Biomedical Simulation Laboratory of the...

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Bugaboo system at SFU
December 14, 2017
WestGrid Legacy Systems Defunding Update

“Defunded” means that the system is no longer funded, operated or maintained as part of Compute Canada’s national cyberinfrastructure platform, which is funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) program. Local institutions may choose to keep a system running, which may result in usage limited to a certain group of users (e.g. only those from the local institution).

"Decommissioned" means the...

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December 8, 2017

Want to build cyberinfrastructure services and platforms that will accelerate scientific research? Compute Canada is seeking full-time developers to join its team. 

A key platform that will benefit from this work will be the CANFAR astronomy platform, and the tools developed will be applicable to other scientific platforms and portals.

The developers will work closely with...

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