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September 30, 2015
Chris Want has been with WestGrid since April 2013. Prior to that, he worked at the University of Alberta for more than a decade as a Visualization Programmer / Analyst, where he also managed the accounts systems for both WestGrid and Compute Canada. These days, Chris has been deeply involved in recent updates to the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB), particularly to improve the 2016 Resource Allocation Competition submission processes. "Chris is an incredibly hard-working and dependable member of the WestGrid team," says... Read more...
September 30, 2015

WestGrid's newsletter for September 2015 is now available to read online.

Some of the items featured in this month's newsletter include:

  • a recap of the CANARIE National Summit, Emerging Technologies: The Path and the Potential for Canada, from Lindsay Sill, WestGrid's Executive Director
  • an overview of the user training opportunities WestGrid is offering this fall -- open to all...
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September 29, 2015

The deadline is approaching for final submissions to Compute Canada's 2016 resource competitions - the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition and the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC). All applications are due Thursday, October 08 by 4:00 pm EDT. There will be no extensions this year. If you have questions about the competitions...

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September 17, 2015

On Tuesday, September 22, the annual Coast to Coast Seminar Series will kick off with a talk on Exploiting Big User Feedback Data for Personalization by Dr. Martin Ester, Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. The talk is one of five presentations being hosted this fall under the theme Foundations and Applications of Big Data.

The series will focus on some of the exceptional work currently...

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September 16, 2015

Compute Canada's annual report for 2014-2015 is now available online. The report includes profiles of the leading edge research enabled by Compute Canada's resources and expertise, as well as a recap of the new services it deployed last year. 

"By leveraging each region’s infrastructure, expertise, and best practices, Compute Canada has built strength upon strength and enabled us all to better serve researchers on a...

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VanBUG
September 10, 2015

On Thursday, September 17, the Vancouver Bioinformatics User Group (VanBUG) will kick off its 14th season of seminars with a new webcast feature thanks to a partnership with WestGrid and Compute Canada, and support from PHSA Telehealth. VanBUG is an association of researchers, other professionals, and students in the BC Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.

VanBUG meets on the second Thursday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students, and...

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September 9, 2015

Submissions for Compute Canada's 2016 Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) are now being accepted via the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB). Click here to login / register to the CCDB to submit your 2016 RAC application.

Any individual who is eligible to apply to national granting...

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SuperDARN Canada
September 1, 2015

SuperDARN and the work of its Canadian research team was recently featured in a profile video produced by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). SuperDARN is an international network of high-frequency radars located around the world that monitor and study space weather to understand how it interacts with the Earth's communications, energy and navigation infrastructures. SuperDARN Canada operates five of those radars, located in Saskatoon...

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SC15
August 30, 2015

The schedule for Supercomputing 2015's Workshops program is now available online and organizers say the lineup has broken the record for the largest number of workshops since Supercomputing's inception.

“Long time hosted workshops with an exciting and well-established audience will be held side by side with newer workshops on emerging topics. For example workshops like DISCO and VHPC are in their 10th edition, while many new workshops are responding to...

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August 26, 2015

Researchers at the University of Alberta are using big data and Advanced Research Computing resources from Compute Canada and WestGrid to identify the DNA sequence variants that influence economically important traits in beef and dairy cattle. Paul Stothard, an assistant professor of genomics and bioinformatics and PI of the project, has been a WestGrid user since 2012 and uses a resource allocation on Jasper ...

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