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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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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December 28, 2019

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from all academic institutions in Canada are invited to apply for the International Summer School on High-Performance Computing Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held July 12 to 17, 2020 at the University of Toronto, Canada. Applications are due January 27, 2020. 

This expenses-paid program will familiarize the best students in computational sciences with major state-of-the-art aspects of HPC and Big Data Analytics for a variety of scientific disciplines, catalyze...

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December 19, 2019

On Wednesday, January 8, external network access to the Arbutus cloud will be interrupted for up to 30 minutes during a one-hour network maintenance window from 7 pm - 8 pm (PST) / 10 pm - 11 pm (EST). During this time, virtual machines on Arbutus will continue running.

If you have questions about this temporary outage, please contact cloud-support@computecanada.ca.

Live system status updates for Arbutus and all Compute Canada national systems can be viewed...

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December 12, 2019

Join us on Friday 20 December for our next (and final 2019) WestGrid Community Town Hall. 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:

  • an update on the national New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) - featuring special guest, Jay Black (member of the NDRIO Interim Implementation Team)
  • new WestGrid Partnership Program
  • WestGrid...
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December 10, 2019

ACENET is seeking a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to join its Executive Management Team. The CTO is a key leadership position in the organization, responsible for the development and execution of ACENET’s research support and digital infrastructure services.

Reporting to ACENET’s Chief Executive Officer, the CTO manages a technical team of 14 research support, system administration, and cybersecurity staff. The CTO works closely with ACENET senior management,...

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