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January 23, 2008
Parallel Programming with OpenMP

Ed Sumbar, University of Alberta

12:00 PST / 13:00 MST / 14:00 CST

OpenMP is a parallel programming technique for shared-memory multiprocessor computers. Compared to other parallel programming methods such as MPI and Pthreads, OpenMP is easy to learn. The OpenMP approach involves the use of standard compiler directives for making blocks of code run in parallel. It is particularly well suited to parallelizing existing serial code. This session will introduce you to the essential...

January 22, 2008

This week's Automorphic Forms Seminar:

TITLE: Weil Representations and Perverse Sheaves

SPEAKER: Hadi Salmasian (University of Alberta)

Date: Wednesday January 23 2008
Start time: 14:00 PST / 15:00 MST / 16:00 CST / 17:00 EST
End time: 16:00 PST / 17:00 MST / 18:00 CST / 19:00 EST

- GSB 315 at the University of Alberta,
- ICICS/CS Building Room x521 at the University of British Columbia,
- Biosciences 540B at the University of Calgary,
- B716 at the...

January 7, 2008
Parallel Programming with MPI

Masao Fujinaga, University of Alberta

12:00 PST / 13:00 MST / 14:00 CST

This presentation is intended for those people having little or no prior experience with parallel programming. The focus is on distributed-memory programming with the Message Passing Interface (MPI), using a few simple examples in Fortran and in C. MPI requires you to design a program specifically for parallel processing. As one controls the sharing of data by explicit message passing, one has a very clear idea of how the...

January 2, 2008

Science magazine has ranked the breakthrough of solving checkers as tenth on its list of the 10 greatest scientific discoveries in 2007. The computational effort behind solving the game of checkers, led by University of Alberta professor Jonathan Schaeffer, took 18 years to complete and used WestGrid computing resources in several roles of the process.

To read the Science story, click here.
To view a video podcast...
December 5, 2007
Introduction to Visualization

Jon Johansson, University of Alberta

12:00 PST /13:00 MST /14:00 CST

WestGrid provides a resource for scientific visualization in the form of an SGI Onyx Ultimate Vision computer with 24 processors, 14 GB of RAM and 10 graphics pipes. This machine is located at Simon Fraser University, but is available to WestGrid users from all WestGrid sites. This seminar will discuss how to access this resource using SGI Vizserver software and then will discuss some basics of...

November 21, 2007

Introduction to Collaboration Technologies

Brian Corrie, Simon Fraser University

12:00 PST /13:00 MST /14:00 CST

This session is targeted at those users who want to explore the use of collaboration technologies for their research. Although this session will focus on the use of Access Grid technologies, a high level overview of collaboration technologies will be provided to introduce collaboration technologies to the audience. Access Grid and the Access Grid infrastructure that WestGrid has...

November 7, 2007

Serial Programming on WestGrid

Doug Phillips, University of Calgary

12:00 PST /13:00 MST /14:00 CST

This presentation provides an introduction to serial programming on WestGrid resources. The talk includes a survey of compilers, debuggers and numerical libraries.

To attend this seminar, please refer to the list of locations to find a participating Access Grid location nearest you:

October 23, 2007

WestGrid is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO will be responsible for the overall success of WestGrid within the broader mandate and vision of Compute Canada. The successful candidate will lead a staff that includes the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), the Director of Operations (DO), the Collaboration/Visualization Coordinator, financial administrator, and other operational staff or contractors as appropriate.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Interface with senior administrators, financial managers and...
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    October 23, 2007

    This week's WestGrid Seminar has been rescheduled from October 24th to next Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00pm (PDT) and will host Martin Siegert and others from Simon Fraser University. They will be presenting a talk titled: “Running Jobs on WestGrid”. This presentation will provide an introduction to submitting and monitoring jobs on WestGrid systems.

    To attend this talk at one of WestGrid's partner institutions, please see the Seminar Locations listing on the Training pages to...

    October 10, 2007
    The WestGrid Resource Allocation Committee (RAC) is now accepting applications for 2007-08. The WestGrid RAC asks that users that need more than the default allocation of WestGrid resources submit a proposal stating their requirements. The RAC will evaluate the proposals in the context of the overall usage of the facilities and make a number of select "special" allocations. You are invited to submit a proposal to the RAC by November 12th, 2007 at the latest. To download the Call for Proposals letter or to read further about... Read more...