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May 22, 2013

The University of Victoria (UVic), a WestGrid partner institution, is turning heads in the research world this month following the release of two major world university ranking reports.

The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2013 is based on Web of Science indexed publications from the period 2008–2011 and measures the scientific performance of 500 major universities worldwide. UVic ranked fifth overall in the country and was the top-ranked Canadian university without a medical school. Its ...

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May 22, 2013

Two WestGrid users are among seven innovative environmental projects benefitting from more than $32 million in research funding over five years, through NSERC's new Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) initiative.

The funding will support teams composed of university researchers,...

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May 16, 2013

A major aspect in communicating the results of research lies in presenting findings in a manner that is easy to understand. On May 22 and 23, WestGrid is presenting courses at the University of Regina (UofR) and the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) that introduce the concepts and techniques of data visualization using Paraview.

Paraview is a free program created and maintained by KitWare. It is used in a number of disciplines for applications such as imaging for 3-dimensional...

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May 15, 2013

Andrew Weaver, a climate scientist with the University of Victoria (UVic) and a WestGrid user, has made political history as the first Green MLA elected to the BC legislature.

Weaver defeated the other Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding candidates Ida Chong, the Liberal incumbent, and the New Democrats’ Jessica Van der Veen in...

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May 13, 2013

WestGrid and Compute Canada are pleased to announce Patrick Mann is WestGrid’s new Manager, Technical Operations. Starting on May 21, Mann will oversee WestGrid’s core network and support staff operations at 14 partner institutions across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“I’m looking forward to working with the WestGrid and Compute Canada teams to ensure Canadian researchers have access to the tools, support and services they need to advance scientific...

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May 10, 2013

WestGrid is one of four regional divisions of Compute Canada, a national platform of supercomputing resources that brings together computer and data facilities, computational expertise, and hundreds of academic researchers to tackle some of Canada’s biggest research challenges.

As one of Compute Canada’s largest regional divisions, WestGrid works closely with 14 partner institutions across British Columbia,...

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April 25, 2013

WestGrid staff members, partners and users will be joining hundreds of other IT and higher education innovators in Vancouver, BC from April 30 - May 1 for BCNET's annual conference, BCNET 2013: Plug Into Higher Education IT.

This two-day event will offer insights on shared IT services, advanced networking technology, ongoing and new IT projects, and an insider’s look at current challenges and solutions. Portions of the program will be...

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April 11, 2013

After many months of behind-the-scenes work, WestGrid is pleased to unveil a new look and structure for its website. We invite you to explore the site, test out its new features, and send us your feedback on the changes. Please note, we are still in the midst of finalizing the migration and organization of content from the old site, so you may encounter the occasional broken link, formatting error, or outdated page. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience...

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April 10, 2013

Thank you to all the organizers, speakers, and attendees of this season's WestGrid / Compute Canada and Coast to Coast Seminar Series programs. Talks presented through these two seminar streams reached more than 600 researchers through WestGrid's partner institution videoconferencing facilities. A full archive of each of the series' programs can...

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April 7, 2013

Thank you to everyone who renewed their Compute Canada Database (CCDB) account by the April 1 deadline. All renewals have been processed to ensure user access to Compute Canada and WestGrid systems continues uninterrrupted. Users who did not renew by April 1 no longer have access to these systems as their account is now expired.

We realize some people had issues during the renewal phase and for that we...

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