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SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Dedicated Programming Support Round XVI. Applications are encouraged that satisfy the programme objectives and priority will be given to proposals that meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • Propose an innovative project that will leverage the capabilities of the national systems, such as “Graham” and the cloud.
  • Propose a programme of work that deals with the efficient processing of large, heterogeneous datasets (“big data”) using a variety of data mining, machine learning or other analytics software.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by April 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. Consultation with a SHARCNET HPTC prior to submission is required.

Due to the current workload of SHARCNET programming staff, only a limited number of proposals are expected to be awarded in this round. For additional information, please refer to the application guidelines. Questions should be addressed to research-support@sharcnet.ca.



SHARCNET, a partner organization in Compute Canada, offers a challenging opportunity for a Systems Administrator – Cyber Security, based at the University of Waterloo. SHARCNET and Compute Canada provide advanced computing resources and services for researchers. This position is part of the technical team that manages all aspects of the SHARCNET distributed high performance computing: hardware, software and networking infrastructure. More



Now in its fourth year, Visualize This! invites researchers from all disciplines to use their own datasets — or our sample dataset — to build a unique and innovative visualization that displays an interesting aspect of the data. Our panel of judges will review all entries, and prizes will be awarded to the best submissions.

The theme of this year’s challenge is Distributed Rendering — the visualization of very large datasets that require parallel rendering on a cluster.

Visualize This! is open to anyone affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution (college or university) or research organization. Participants from all research fields are encouraged to enter.

Ways to Participate:

  1. Use Your Own Dataset
    Use data from your own research. Any dataset that is too large to be rendered on a standalone desktop/workstation will be sufficiently large for this competition.
  2. Use Our Dataset
    If you don’t have a large enough dataset from your own work, Joshua Brinkerhoff from UBC Okanagan will be supplying a 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) dataset that can be used for this competition. Example visualizations of this data are featured in the imagery on this poster. Joshua’s data will be available from September 30.

Submissions Due: November 30, 2019

This year’s Visualize This! Challenge is being coordinated by WestGrid, SciNet, SHARCNET, and Calcul Québec -- all regional partners of Compute Canada.

Led by the Compute Canada Visualization Team, Visualize This! wants to bring your creative visualization ideas and workflows to life and make them accessible to all Canadian researchers.

More info



On September 24, 2019, the Compute Canada Federation launched its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), a peer-reviewed process to grant priority access to storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service. Please note the upcoming deadline of November 7, 2019 for both the RRG and RPP competitions.

These competitions are open to Canadian research projects from all disciplines. Applications are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence.

Questions about Compute Canada’s RAC should be addressed to rac@computecanada.ca.



SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Dedicated Programming Support Round XV. The round will be open on October 15, 2019. Applications are encouraged that satisfy the programme objectives and priority will be given to proposals that meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • Propose an innovative project that will leverage the capabilities of the national systems, such as “Graham” and the cloud.
  • Propose a programme of work that deals with the efficient processing of large, heterogeneous datasets (“big data”) using a variety of data mining, machine learning or other analytics software.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by November 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Consultation with a SHARCNET HPTC prior to submission is required.

Due to the current workload of SHARCNET programming staff, only a limited number of proposals are expected to be awarded in this round. For additional information, please refer to the application guidelines. Questions should be addressed to research-support@sharcnet.ca.



SHARCNET is pleased to announce that Durham College has recently joined the consortium to help support the high-performance computing requirements of the college’s Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions (the AI Hub).

SHARCNET is excited to have Durham College as a new partner and there are some real synergies to be gained from their association with Ontario Tech University which we hope to explore,” said Dr. Mike Bauer, Scientific Director, SHARCNET. More info



SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of its Round XIV Dedicated Programming Support competition. The primary objectives of this program are to enable key research projects with the potential for exceptional and lasting impact that require significant programming support to proceed, and facilitate optimal exploitation of SHARCNET’s or Compute Canada’s computing infrastructure for internationally leading research.

In this Round, programmer allocations have been awarded to:

  • Sidney Segalowitz, Psychology, Brock University
  • Mark Wachowiak, Computer Science & Mathematics, Nipissing University

SHARCNET plans to run another competition in the Fall of 2019. Please visit our DP website for more information.



SHARCNET is recruiting for a High Performance Computing Software Specialist. As part of the technical team reporting to the Technical Director, HPC Software Specialists are responsible for ensuring proper installation of specific software packages and components required by users for effective use of the equipment, such as compilers, debuggers, numeric libraries, profiling and visualization software etc.; ensure efficient operation of these packages including testing their operation and their inter-operation with other software elements; provide upgrades to this software and, as necessary, maintain multiple versions; responsible for evaluating and testing of new tools and packages as required to use the infrastructure effectively; responsible for ensuring appropriate use by the research community of SHARCNET resources with duties including providing training and instruction, advice on proper tools, programming methodology and optimization, and for identifying user needs; development of machine-optimized algorithms; responsible for ensuring that systems are properly utilized to enable and advance key, large-scale projects; monitoring of system use.

The team of specialists is distributed across several of the SHARCNET institutions, but work as a distributed team supporting the research community. Collectively they have expertise across a number of domains, including computational fluid dynamics, monte carlo simulations, data analytics, molecular dynamics. SHARCNET is seeking to hire another computational specialist with strong background in one of the following areas: bioinformatics, computational biology, data analytics for massive data sets, machine learning/artificial intelligence or computational chemistry.

The individual will be hired at one of the following SHARCNET institutions: Brock University, University of Guelph, Lakehead University, McMaster University, Trent University, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, and University of Windsor. Individuals from other SHARCNET institutions, other institutions or organizations in Canada or internationally are welcome to apply but will be expected to relocate to take up the position at one of these institutions.

Candidates for this position must have a Masters in an appropriate discipline (bioinformatics, computational biology, data analytics for massive data sets, machine learning/artificial intelligence or computational chemistry) or related area; a PhD is preferred. The candidate must have experience with software development and discipline-specific packages, particularly open source software; must possess demonstrated experience programming in Fortran, C or C++; excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience writing documentation; demonstrated application programming experience under the Linux operating system in a supercomputing environment; and demonstrated experience with cluster/MPI programming and/or parallelization techniques. Experience in a university research environment is an asset.

Note that this is a full-time, contract position with three years of guaranteed funding available, with the potential for renewal and/or conversion to regular full-time.

Qualified applicants may apply in confidence by submitting a resume on or before August 19, 2019 to careers@sharcnet.ca.