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January 29, 2016

WestGrid's newsletter for the month of January 2016 is now available to read online. Have you noticed anything different about our website and newsletter? After more than 10 years of loyal service, WestGrid's navy and maroon colours have been retired. We're pleased to kick off 2016 with a refreshed logo and a new colour scheme. We hope you like the new look.

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January 28, 2016

Compute Canada and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have announced they will collaborate to build a scalable national platform for research data management and discovery. The partnership joins information management expertise from the CARL Portage Network with information technology expertise from Compute Canada to develop services that researchers need to respond to the demands of data-intensive...

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January 24, 2016

Compute Canada, Canada’s advanced research computing platform, has announced the 343 recipients of its 2016 computing and storage allocations competitions, known as the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) and the Research Platforms and Programs (RPP) competition. The projects represent a diverse range of science areas and benefits to Canadians, from research in text analytics to brain...

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January 16, 2016

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the seventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 26 to July 1, 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Applications are due February 15, 2016. The summer school is sponsored by Compute Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) with funds from the U...

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January 14, 2016

Compute Canada is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to launch the Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge. This challenge, the first of its kind, will be led by social sciences and humanities researchers and see research teams compete against one another using open-data sets to develop systems, processes, or fully-...

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January 12, 2016

The Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors for Compute Canada has launched an open call for nominations to be considered for open volunteer positions on Compute Canada's Board of Directors.

Compute Canada is the only national organization providing advanced research computing services and expertise to Canadian researchers. Serving on the Compute Canada Board is an opportunity to participate in the development of this...

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January 7, 2016

Compute Canada has launched a second round of consultations with Canada’s researchers and research-intensive institutions to develop Phase II of its Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing (SPARC) initiative.

“The foundation for our technology planning is based on our consultations with the research community,” said Dugan O’Neil, Compute Canada Chief Science Officer. “We know we offer more than 10,000...

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January 6, 2016

Vancouver-based researchers are invited to join Compute Canada, WestGrid and IRMACS on Monday, January 25 for a hands-on workshop exploring the use of Apache Spark, a fast and general engine for large-scale data processing. Spark provides high-level APIs in Java, Scala, Python and R, and an optimized engine that supports general execution graphs. It also supports a rich set of higher-level tools including ...

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December 23, 2015

WestGrid's newsletter for the month of December 2015 is now available to read online.

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

  • Executive Director Lindsay Sill sharing a look back on the successes and milestones of WestGrid over the past year,
  • information on Compute Canada's second round of SPARC consultations to compile the data storage requirements and high...
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December 22, 2015

Sitting on the doorstep of 2016, I enjoy using this time of year to look back on the many successes, milestones, and accomplishments that have made the last 12 months memorable. WestGrid played a lead role in a number of Compute Canada initiatives, and I’m proud of the many staff and support personnel who helped make that happen. I’m especially thankful for these efforts as we prepare for another challenging year of managing ever-increasing demand on limited resources. Compute Canada’s...

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