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March 10, 2008
IRMACS will be hosting the 2008 Access Grid Retreat this year. It will be held from May 28-30, 2008 at the IRMACS Centre at SFU's Burnaby campus. This is an international workshop involving the key developers and users of the Access Grid software from around the world.

For those sites that are building out new collaboration infrastructure, this would be a great opportunity to meet the AG team and learn more about Access Grid current and future.

For more details see...
March 6, 2008

WestGrid Executive member and researcher Dr. Raymond Spiteri has been appointed director of the MITACS Network Centre of Excellence (NCE) for the Prairie Region. The goal of the MITACS network is to harness the power of the mathematical sciences to address the inherent complexity of modern industrial and societal problems for the benefit of all Canadians. MITACS leads Canada’s effort in the generation, application and commercialization of new mathematical tools and methodologies within a...

March 5, 2008
Interoperable Mesh Tools for PDE Simulations

Carl Ollivier-Gooch, University of British Columbia

12:00 PST / 13:00 MST / 14:00 CST

All PDE-based numerical simulation software must be able to access and manipulate mesh data, and an increasing number of simulations require the ability to adapt the mesh based on solution data. However, such sophisticated mesh manipulation operations are quite difficult to implement well. The obvious solution to this --- mesh adaptation libraries --- does not work well in practice because...

February 29, 2008
WestGrid is pleased to announce that Jill Kowalchuk has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with WestGrid, effective March 1, 2008.

This follows the retirement of Ken Hewitt, who was WestGrid’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the past five years. Ken will continue to work with WestGrid on a part-time basis, assisting Jill in overseeing WestGrid’s resource acquisition plans as well as its involvement within the broader mandate of Compute Canada.... Read more...
February 22, 2008

University of British Columbia Assistant Professor Scott Oser, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Canada Research Chair in Solar Neutrinos, has been awarded a 2008 Sloan Research Fellowship for his work on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in the field of neutrino oscillations.

Oser’s research has provided insight into the properties of neutrinos and the core of the sun. WestGrid computing resources are used in parts of Oser’s work, supporting these new discoveries. The...

February 20, 2008

Jonathan Schaeffer, one of WestGrid’s Principal Investigators, has accepted the position of Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Technology) at the University of Alberta (UofA), effective July 1, 2008.

Schaeffer is a Professor and Chair of Computing Science at the UofA, a Canada Research Chair and an iCORE Chair. His research interests are artificial intelligence and parallel/distributed computing. In the past year, Schaeffer and his research team created the first program to win a human world championship in...

February 19, 2008
Advanced Topics: MPI programming models

Roman Baranowski, University of British Columbia

12:00 PST / 13:00 MST / 14:00 CST

The main goal of parallel programming is to utilize all processors and minimize the elapsed time of the user program. Message Passing Interface allows users to realize various parallel models such as SPMD (Single program multiple data) and MPMD (Multiple programs multiple data). The focus of this presentation will be on various programming techniques using MPI in designing a parallel program or...

February 19, 2008
Ramsey theory and the infinite -- Coast to Coast Seminar Series

Dr. David S. Gunderson, Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba
11:30 PST / 12:30 MST / 13:30 CST

**Please note: For USask: ATTENDANCE BY RSVP ONLY for this seminar by email to:

This talk is an invitation to infinite Ramsey theory, accessible to most mathematicians. Most combinatorists are familiar with Ramsey theory regarding...

February 11, 2008

Speaker: Gerald Cliff (University of Alberta)

Title: Weil representation

Date: Wednesday, February 13 2008
Start time: 14:00 PST / 15:00 MST / 16:00 CST / 17:00 EST
End time: 16:00 PST / 17:00 MST / 18:00 CST / 19:00 EST

GSB 315 at the University of Alberta,
ICICS/CS Building Room x521 at the University of British Columbia,
Biosciences 540B at the University of Calgary

Visit Seminar webpage here.

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February 5, 2008
Introduction to Grid Technologies

Cameron Kiddle, University of Calgary

12:00 PST / 13:00 MST / 14:00 CST

Grid technologies are changing the way research is done. This seminar will explore what these technologies are and how researchers can benefit from using them. Current support for grid technologies in WestGrid will also be discussed.

To attend this seminar, please refer to the list of locations to find a participating Access Grid location nearest you: http...