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June 2, 2017

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June 1, 2017

On May 19, Compute Canada announced the recipients of its 2017 Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), representing some of Canada’s brightest minds and top research projects. Of the 390 allocations, nearly one third of them were awarded to projects led by researchers based at WestGrid member or partner institutions.

The Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition and Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition are annual, peer-reviewed processes to allocate 80% of Compute Canada’s resources. The remaining 20% is reserved...

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May 31, 2017

The WestGrid legacy systems Hermes and Nestor at the University of Victoria are defunded as of June 1, 2017. This means they will no longer be operating under control of WestGrid and will be managed by the University of Victoria directly.

System Use & Access After June 1

Local Users: Any researcher located at or affiliated with the University of Victoria

  • STORAGE & COMPUTE USE: Local users will be able to submit jobs AND access storage on these systems AFTER June 1.
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May 30, 2017

WestGrid is launching a new Research Computing Summer School series for researchers interested in building knowledge and skills in using advanced research computing resources. The first schools will be at the University of British Columbia (UBC) June 19-23 and the University of Saskatchewan July 24-27.  

Courses will...

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Grex WestGrid University of Saskatchewan
May 24, 2017

On May 17, a new lustre file system with 418 TB of usable disk space was installed on Grex. During this time an outage was scheduled with user access disabled to allow migration of all data to the new system. Some updates on the status of the new system are provided below:

Current Status of Grex: TEST MODE

Right now Grex is available in test mode. Users can access their data and run jobs, but the system may need to be restarted if problems are found. 

Any jobs submitted prior to the outage were kept in hold but should be...

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May 6, 2017

SEEING BIG is back! Now in its third year, the SEEING BIG Data Visualization Showcase is a high-profile exhibit of state-of-the-art visualizations from Canadian researchers in any advanced research computing (ARC) field. Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to May 31, 2017

Entry Criteria & Selection:

  • We welcome high-resolution short movies and/or sets of still images. 
  • All submissions should include a brief explanation of the science behind the visualization...
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May 5, 2017

WATERLOO, ON (Friday, May 5, 2017) — The University of Waterloo, Compute Canada and Compute Ontario today unveiled the largest supercomputer at any Canadian university. Located at Waterloo, it will provide expanded resources for researchers across the country working on a broad range of topics, including artificial intelligence, genomics and advanced manufacturing.

Named Graham, the supercomputer can handle more simultaneous computational jobs than any other academic supercomputer in Canada, ultimately generating more research...

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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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