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February 15, 2020

A free workshop series is coming to Simon Fraser University (SFU) in March, co-hosted by SFU WestGrid. The sessions will provide hands-on introductions to essential tools and skills used in computational research.

There is no cost to attend but you must register online in advance.

Researchers in all disciplines are invited to participate. No...

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January 30, 2020

Does your research rely on computing, or are you curious about research data management and other library-assisted research topics? Then join the University of Alberta IST Team for its Winter Bootcamps taking place January 27 - February 7. Whether your questions revolve around scheduling jobs or data analysis, they have an abundance of workshops.

This week-long event is designed for faculty...

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January 27, 2020

On Friday, December 20, WestGrid hosted a Community Town Hall where our Director of Operations, Patrick Mann, shared the latest updates on WestGrid and Compute Canada activities. Topics discussed at the WestGrid December Town Hall included:

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January 24, 2020

Join us on Friday 31 January for our first WestGrid Community Town Hall of 2020. Patrick Mann, WestGrid's Director of Operations, will share the latest updates from WestGrid and Compute Canada that have impacts on advanced research computing users in Western Canada, including:

  • latest updates on the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization
  • early insights from WestGrid's 2019 Community Survey
    (...
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January 21, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday February 05 where we'll look at using Singularity on Compute Canada clusters. This online presentation will be hosted by Grigory Shamov Razoumov, WestGrid's Technical Site Lead at the University of Manitoba.

Details

Using Singularity for containerization on Compute Canada - Beyond the basics
Wednesday, February 05
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
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January 19, 2020

This week, VanBUG (the Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is hosting guest speaker Dr. Raymond Ng for its monthly seminar series. Raymond is the Director of the UBC Data Science Institute, and the Canada Research Chair on data science and analytics.  

Details

Deep learning for Biomedical and Bioinformatics Research
Thursday, January 23
6:00 pm Pacific...

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WestGrid User Survey 2019
January 17, 2020

WestGrid is asking all members of its community -- inclusing advanced research computing (ARC) users, past, present and future -- to tell us what resources, services and support are most needed to better enable research in Canada, today and tomorrow. The deadline to share your feedback is Friday, January 31, 2020.

Click here to take the survey  

(It should take no more than 5-6 minutes to complete.) 

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January 15, 2020

Like all Canadians, we were shocked and heartbroken to hear the fate of Ukraine International Airlines PS752, killing all 176 people on board. Sixty-three of the victims were Canadian citizens. Among them were Compute Canada users, four with connections to the University of Alberta and two to Concordia University.

These members of the Canadian academic community included professors and students. Some were well-established researchers. Others were just beginning to realize their full potential. All were gifted people whose lives and...

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WestGrid webinar Jan 15 2020 ParaView OSPRay visualization
January 9, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday January 15 where we'll look at working with realistic surfaces and materials in ParaView with the OSPRay Path Tracer renderer. This online presentation will be hosted by Alex Razoumov, WestGrid's Visualization & Training Coordinator.

Details

Photorealistic rendering with ParaView and OSPRay
Wednesday, January 15
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
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January 6, 2020

On Sunday, January 12 between 6 am - 12 pm (PST) / 9 am - 3 pm (EST), the Arbutus/UVic network supplier BCNET will perform hardware and software upgrades on equipment that supplies external connectivity to Arbutus. Maintenance work is expected to require 20 minutes during which time instances will continue running but there will be no access from outside the Arbutus internal network.

Reminder:
There will also be scheduled Arbutus network maintenance on January 8. As part of the January...

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