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High-performance computing system at Simon Fraser University.
August 15, 2014

By Bill Metcalfe, Special to The Sun, July 25, 2014

A new supercomputer lab in the criminology department at Simon Fraser University will analyze crime data in ways never seen before in Canada.

The new lab will use high performance computing — clusters of interconnected computers with power massively larger than an individual computer — and the computer system will be locked away...

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Mazankowski Heart Institute
August 15, 2014

BY ANDREA ROSS, EDMONTON JOURNAL JUNE 19, 2014

EDMONTON - A new high-tech 3-D visualization lab will allow Edmonton doctors to see detailed images of the human heart from the inside out, helping treat patients with complex heart problems.

The first of its kind in Canada, the 3-D Virtual Cardiac Centre at the...

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July 23, 2014

Information Services and Technology (IST), the central IT department at the University of Alberta, is seeking a Director, Research Computing Services. IST provides the key infrastructure, services, and support for research, and for the teaching and learning endeavors and provides support directly to individuals, to faculties and departments, and across the enterprise, keeping the University on the leading edge of information technology.

While the focus of Research Computing Services (RCS) within IST has traditionally been on High...

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July 17, 2014

Compute Canada is seeking a Chief Technology Officer to develop and promote the services and capabilities of the organization and its advanced computing resources nationally and internationally. The Chief Technology Officer will have accountability for planning, coordinating, and leading the purchase and deployment of advanced computing resources across Canada based on the needs of the research community and will ensure that all researchers in Canada can access the appropriate advanced computing facilities managed by Compute Canada.

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July 8, 2014

For Immediate Release 
July 8, 2014

(Vancouver, B.C.) – WestGrid and Compute Canada are pleased to announce a new partnership with the BC Cancer Agency’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre to support expansion of the Centre’s secure, advanced research computing (ARC) systems. 

The BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre will become the latest WestGrid and Compute Canada ARC site, benefiting researchers across Canada with increased access to bioinformatics software, expertise and extremely secure computing storage. This...

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WestGrid July 2014 Newsletter
July 6, 2014
WestGrid's July 2014 newsletter is now available online. Top news items include the announcement of our partnership with UBC IT Services for our basic support services, and a new online workshop for WestGrid users: How to Get the... Read more...
WestGrid Service Now
June 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce the partnership of UBC IT and WestGrid/Compute Canada for Tier I user support. Under the agreement, UBC IT will assume primary operation of the WestGrid Support contact centre, streamlining the process for handling straightforward inquiries, and managing the growth of a knowledge base for frequently asked questions.

“UBC’s IT Service Centre will become the first point of contact for all WestGrid user support inquiries...

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Lustre FS in WestGrid
June 29, 2014

Modern research computing is a rapidly growing field. Amongst this constantly changing landscape, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of data one needs to store, access, and process. Initially, most WestGrid clusters had a storage capacity in the order of tens of terabytes (TB). Today, a single group, or even a single user, may require more than this amount to tackle a single computational problem.

In order to process this volume of data, we need a fast, reliable, and robust file system (FS) which can be accessed by...

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June 24, 2014

Further to its recent announcement for SPARC, Compute Canada is issuing a call for whitepapers addressing the future needs of specific research disciplines. The feedback gathered from these whitepapers will be used to inform and influence Compute Canada's rewewal submission to the CFI. 
This year, the CFI is planning to announce the...

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June 20, 2014

WestGrid's University of Alberta Site Lead, Kamil Marcinkowski, will be delivering a new online seminar July 17, 2014 based on a tutorial given at the unversity's recent and very popular HPC Workshop Series.

DATE: Thursday July 17, 2014 TIME: 12 noon PDT / 1:00 pm MDT / 1:00 pm CST / 2:00 pm CDT LENGTH: 2 hours LOCATION: Online via Vidyo videoconference (desktop/... Read more...

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