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May 1, 2017

Compute Canada has shared updated timelines for its RAC 2017 allocations and researcher access to the new national systems. Details on these, as well as a WestGrid migration reminder for Nestor/Hermes users, are highlighted below:

RAC 2017 Allocations
  • Allocations on Arbutus (...
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May 1, 2017

WestGrid's newsletter for the month of April 2017 is now available to read online. This month's newsletter includes a roundup of the regional activities and national initiatives that have kept the WestGrid team busy lately. Stories include:

  • WestGrid's Executive Director, Lindsay Sill, shares a recap from the launch of Cedar, Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer. 
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April 26, 2017

WestGrid's Visualization Coordinator Alex Razoumov is hosting a free hands-on workshop on data visualization at the University of Calgary on Thursday, May 04. The full-day workshop will focus on the popular visualization software VisIt and will include hands-on exercises. Faculty and students in all disciplines and experience levels are welcome to attend (you do not need to be a current WestGrid account holder to participate).

Thursday, May 04
9:00 - 4:30 pm
BI 211, Biological...

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April 20, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC (April 20, 2017) - Today WestGrid, Compute Canada, and Simon Fraser University (SFU) celebrated the launch of the most powerful academic supercomputer in Canada, Cedar. Housed in the new data centre at SFU’s Burnaby Campus, Cedar will serve Canadian researchers across the country in all scientific disciplines by providing expanded compute, storage and cloud resources.

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April 10, 2017

WestGrid would like to extend our thanks to the over 260 users who took the time to complete our survey this past fall. The response was overwhelming and not just in the number of completed surveys but also in the detailed comments provided. 

So without further ado, here are the highlights and some of the action WestGrid plans to take to address those issues users are most concerned with.

Background

WestGrid developed a user survey to gather feedback on user satisfaction with WestGrid’s current support and...

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April 4, 2017

This April Simon Fraser University (SFU), in partnership with Compute Canada and regional partner WestGrid, will launch a new, advanced research computing (ARC) system, Cedar, at SFU's Burnaby Campus.

One of...

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April 4, 2017

As part of its monthly bioinformatics seminar series, VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is hosting Dr. Robin Dowell, an Assistant Professor in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, for a guest talk on Thursday, April 6

If you're not in Vancouver, the presentation is being webstreamed for remote viewing (made possible by WestGrid / Compute Canada and with support from PHSA Telehealth).

Enhancer RNA Profiling...

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March 22, 2017

On March 17, 2017, as part of WestGrid's ongoing initiative to keep its users informed, our management team and support staff shared the latest updates from WestGrid on:

  • the migration of users and data off WestGrid legacy systems
  • RAC 2017
  • Compute Canada account renewals
  • upcoming ARC training opportunities

If you were unable to attend this WestGrid Town Hall session, you can view the archive materials below: 

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March 21, 2017

Join WestGrid on Wednesday, March 29 for an online webinar that shares an introductory look at using ParaViewWeb for 3D visualization and data analysis in a web browser.

ParaViewWeb is a lightweight JavaScript API for writing HTML5 web applications that utilize a remote ParaView server for running a visualization in a web browser. It is included with each copy of ParaView compiled with Python support. For a single user, ParaViewWeb can be...

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March 15, 2017

TORONTO, ON (March 15, 2017) - Compute Canada and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) announced today that they will provide a tool to facilitate and encourage research communities to engage in data and compute intensive research.

The partnership joins the mathematical sciences expertise from PIMS with the computational resources of Compute Canada to provide a service...

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