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October 14, 2016

Today Compute Canada launched its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), a peer-reviewed process to grant priority access to Compute Canada’s advanced research computing resources. The two competitions -- the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition and the...

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October 12, 2016

On October 11, 2016, WestGrid hosted its third online Town Hall session. Lindsay Sill, WestGrid's Executive Director, presented along with Patrick Mann, WestGrid Director of Operations, and Sergiy Stepanenko, WestGrid Site Lead at the University of Saskatchewan. The session provided updates on the following topics:

  • WG User Survey Results
  • WG Incorporation and future plans
  • Funding Update
  • Tech Refresh - Stage 1
  • Migration Plans - Silo (Storage) & Compute
  • RAC 2017 
  • Upcoming...
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October 10, 2016

Compute Canada has announced it is launching an exciting new data visualization challenge this fall called Visualize This. Participants will visualize an Earth Sciences dataset covering the world's oceans. The dataset will be available for download from the Compute Canada website from October 1-31, with submissions due by midnight Eastern time on October 31. For more details on the challenge,...

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October 10, 2016

As part of its monthly bioinformatics seminar series, VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is hosting Aimee Manges, an Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, for a guest talk on Wednesday, October 12. If you're not in Vancouver, the presentation is also being webstreamed for remote viewing (made possible by WestGrid / Compute Canada and with support from PHSA Telehealth).

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September 30, 2016

Are you considering applying to one of Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC)? Or, are you wondering if there are other ways to access Compute Canada resources to support your work? Compute Canada is hosting two online Q&A Sessions to answer these questions and more, including “Do I need to apply for a RAC?” and “Which competition should...

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September 22, 2016

As part of our ongoing initiative to keep our users regularly informed and engaged, WestGrid is hosting its third Community Town Hall session on Tuesday, October 11. If you missed our previous Town Halls, you can view the June presentation and slide deck here and the ...

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September 22, 2016

WestGrid's newsletter for the month of September 2016 is now available to read online. This month's newsletter includes a roundup of the activities, events and user news that has made the start of fall a busy month for the WestGrid team. Stories include:

  • A...
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September 22, 2016

Join us Wednesday, September 28 for a Visualization Webinar on CPU-based rendering with OSPRay. This webinar will be hosted by Alex Razoumov, WestGrid Visualization Coordinator, Compute Canada, and is open to anyone interested in data vizualization tools.

Visualization Webinar - CPU-based rendering with OSPRay
September 28th, 2016
11am-12pm MDT
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September 19, 2016

Join us from September 27-29 for an online webinar series that will share tips for how to use a scheduler on WestGrid's computing systems. This online workshop, Scheduling & Job Management: How to Get the Most from a Cluster, is presented by Kamil Marcinkowski, WestGrid Site Lead / System Administrator at the University of Alberta and...

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September 13, 2016

Year-round, WestGrid offers training in a variety of advanced research computing (ARC) areas -- from introductory sessions to more advanced and specialized topics. Our program took a break over the summer months, but it's back for Fall 2016 with a series of sessions exploring tools and methods for supporting your research with ARC!

Click on the 'More Information' links for full session details or visit our Training Page for...

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