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July 31, 2008

The 2009 International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP'09) will be located in Prague, Czech Republic on March 21-27, 2009.

Details are now available on the conference website including a description of the conference tracks and schedule. The abstract deadline for the conference is November 13, 2008.

July 28, 2008

We are pleased to announce that WestGrid was successful in the bid to host Open Grid Forum (OGF) 27 in October 2009. Co-hosted by Cybera and WestGrid, the conference will take place at the Banff Centre on October 12-16, 2009.

OGF is the primary international community of users, developers, and vendors leading the pervasive adoption of grid computing for research and industry worldwide. OGF will be co-located with WestGrid's annual conference as well as the...

June 18, 2008
The Call for proposals by CFI for the Leading Edge and New Initiatives 2009 competitions normally excludes proposals with an important High Performance Computing component. However, CFI may consider applications that explicitly demonstrate that the shared infrastructure under the supervision of the Compute Canada collaboration is not appropriate for the needs of the project. To be considered a project description and justification for why Compute Canada infrastructure will not meet your projects' needs must be reviewed by Compute Canada. For... Read more...
May 26, 2008

WestGrid computing resources have played a key role in a new study into the potential health hazards of the revolutionary nano-sized particles known as ‘buckyballs’. The study predicts that the buckyball molecules are easily absorbed into animal cells, providing a possible explanation for how the molecules could be toxic to humans and other organisms.

Using computer simulations, University of Calgary biochemist Peter Tieleman, post-doctoral fellow Luca Monticelli and colleagues modeled the interaction between carbon-60 molecules...

May 22, 2008

WestGrid will be hosting their 2008 Retreat on June 25-27th in Victoria, BC. It will be held in conjunction with CANARIE's Annual General Meeting.

The retreat will provide an opportuntiy for the support team to participate in various workshops. There will also be a meeting for WestGrid's Senior Planning Committee, Executive Committee and Governing Council.

Attendence to this year's retreat is limited to support personnel and WestGrid committee members.



April 30, 2008
HPCS 2008

Early registration for HPCS ends on May 1, 2008. The registration cost will go from $350 to $400 after May 1.

Participants can register on line and consult the program at:

April 23, 2008

The deadline for TeraGrid '08 Student Competition "Call for Participation" has been extended to April 28, 2008. In addition to paper presentations, tutorials, and demonstrations, TG08 will include two competitions for students: “The Impact of Cyberinfrastructure on Your World” and “TeraGrid Student Research” competitions.

Competition Details

“The Impact of Cyberinfrastructure on Your World” Competition

High school and undergraduate students are invited to showcase their talents and creativity to convey how...

April 14, 2008
The sixth in the highly successful series of International Summer Schools on Grid Computing (ISSGC) will be held at the Hotel Füred Conference and Congress Centre of Balatonfüred, Hungary, from July 6-18, 2008.

The School will include lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, tutorials and group work delivered by leading authorities in the fields of advanced grid technology, applications of e-Science and distributed systems research. Reports from world leaders in deploying and exploiting Grids will complement lectures from... Read more...
April 11, 2008

The spring session of the WestGrid Seminar series has now concluded. Thanks to everyone who presented at and participated in the seminar series!

The next set of WestGrid seminars will resume in September 2008.

To suggest a topic for the next series or to provide feedback, please send an email to

An archive of slideshows and videos for past seminars can be viewed on the Training Pages.

March 31, 2008
Coast-To-Coast: Live From Dalhousie

Norbert Zeh , Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

11:30-12:20 PDT / 12:30-13:20 MDT / 12:30-13:20 CST / 13:30-14:20 CDT

Title: Cache-Oblivious Geometric Algorithms

ABSTRACT: Apart from main memory and disk drives, modern computers are equipped with multiple levels of cache, in order to bridge the gap between the CPU's processing speed and the access latency of main memory. Yet, traditional algorithms are not designed to take advantage of cache memory, making this...