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SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of its Round XVI 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:

  • Katsuichiro Goda, Earth Sciences, Western University
  • Bryan Tolson, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • Colin Denniston, Applied Mathematics, Western University
  • Mark Wachowiak, Computer Science & Mathematics, Nipissing University
  • Andrew Roger, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

SHARCNET plans to run another competition in the Fall of 2020. Please visit our DP website for more information.



The Ontario Summer School on advanced research Computing is an annual educational event for graduate/undergraduate students, postdocs and researchers who are engaged in a compute intensive research. Held geographically in the west, centre and east of the province of Ontario, the summer school provides attendees with the opportunity to learn and share knowledge and experience in high performance and advanced research computing on modern HPC platforms. This year, the training will run online from May 19-June 16, 2020.

Courses include:

  • Getting Started
  • Bioinformatics
  • C++
  • CUDA
  • Julia
  • Machine Learning
  • Message Passing Interface (MPI)
  • Using Graham before & after job scheduling
  • Python Programming
  • Slurm Scheduling on Graham

The courses are between 1 and 3 days long and consist of live Zoom lecturing sessions interleaved with live Zoom hands-on sessions. Classes begin at 9am EST, ending at 5pm.

These schools are FREE and provide beginner-to-intermediate level courses on a wide range of subjects. Register here.



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