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HPCS 2011, Canada’s pre-eminent forum for HPC, is now open for registration and abstract submission.

This summer, the 25th annual High Performance Computing Symposium will take place in Montreal, from June 15 to 17. HPCS is a multi-disciplinary conference that focuses on research involving High Performance Computing and its application in Canada. It is attended by Canadian and international experts and renowned researchers in the computer sciences, all areas of engineering, applied and pure sciences, medicine and life sciences, mathematics, the humanities and social sciences.

This year, building on Montreal’s strength in medical research, the main theme of the conference will be Supercomputing in Medical Science, exposing the growing importance of high performance computing for this field of research.

The conference special events include an opening cocktail in the Gora Gallery of Contemporary Arts and a visit to the IBM assembly plant in Bromont. Tutorials will be held on June 13 and 14; complete information will be available soon on the web site at http://2011.hpcs.ca.

Do not hesitate to contact the local organizing committee should you have any questions or suggestions regarding this event.



SHARCNET, along with Compute Canada and the other Ontario HPC consortia, SciNet and HPCVL, have partnered to be sponsors of ORION’s national Summit in Toronto, April 18 and 19, 2011.

A session devoted to HPC will be held on Tuesday afternoon, designed to showcase the innovation enabled by HPC and its importance to research, entitled “Supercomputing & Advanced Networks: The Roads and Cities of the 21st Century.” Learn more about HPC and its capabilities for research in Ontario, Canada and beyond, from climate modeling, to advanced visualization in medical research, to solving the cosmic mysteries.

Join distinguished Canadian and global leaders and innovators in science, research, education and information technology to discuss and showcase new and innovative technologies that are transforming the way we conduct research, collaborate, teach and learn.

For more information, or to view video streams of the keynote and breakout sessions, visit: www.orion.on.ca/summit2011.



WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech was so technology-focused that it buoyed expectations that U.S. investment in IT, particularly supercomputing, will survive his other plan to freeze domestic spending for five years.

In his recent speech, Obama made clear that the government’s role is to provide “cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support they need.” He cited a string of U.S. advances developed with government support, including the Internet and GPS, as well as some current research projects, particularly in alternative energy, to make his case for federal investment.



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Consistent investment in high-performance computing leads to greater research competitiveness, a new study shows. Relying on information from the Top 500 list, a semi-annual compilation of the world’s 500 fastest computers, and institutional data from the Carnegie Foundation’s list of approximately 200 colleges and universities with “high” or “very high” research activity, University of Arkansas researchers and their colleagues examined the relationship between high-performance computing, or supercomputers, and research competitiveness, as measured by new funding from the National Science Foundation and an increase in the number of published articles.



CANARIE and Compute Canada have initiated discussions aimed at building a stronger partnership designed to ensure that High Performance Computing and High Performance Networking are recognized and supported as infrastructure fundamental to research and innovation.

Both organizations serve Canada’s research and education communities, support research excellence, and contribute to the ability of researchers to do world-leading research. As such, we are working together to explore a joint infrastructure vision.

CANARIE and Compute Canada will be looking at how we might work better together to create efficiencies, improve service to the communities we serve and facilitate access to and use of the infrastructures we design, implement and operate.

Meetings to date have demonstrated that we can and should be working more closely together. As we look at options there may be organizational changes required to optimize our relationship. However, those will only take place if there is a demonstrable benefit to the research community and the citizens of Canada.

We will provide regular updates on the status of our discussions and will be consulting with you and our communities as well as with other stakeholders such as the federal and provincial governments, the funding agencies and others for whom an integrated digital infrastructure will enable and support their initiatives. See PDF version.



Early Saturday morning, January 15th, the SHARCNET border router suffered a software crash of its primary cpu. The crash caused a soft reset but left the router in a semi-functional state. Some services appeared available to a subset of external users depending on where they were connecting from. Others had little, to no connectivity, including DNS timeouts and name lookup failures. A cold restart of the router was needed to restore it to proper operation. This was done at approximately 7am, Monday morning.

The side effect of this odd routing state was that it left several systems and networking infrastructure unstable, causing further outages to specific clusters and services at Western (ie. mail, web, global work, goblin). By 11am, most services were fully restored and the goblin cluster was restored shortly after.

Some running jobs may have failed due to IO errors, but most will have waited until the filesystems were restored. Due to the restart, all running jobs on goblin were terminated. If you have concerns over a failed job, please send an email to help@sharcnet.ca. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.



A Strategic Plan for Compute Canada was a key recommendation of the International Review Panel. This plan draws on suggestions from that panel as well as the information and discussions from the Town Hall Meetings held earlier this year. It has been many months in preparation and review by Compute Canada’s committees and must be submitted to CFI before the end of December 2010.

As a working document, it is presently available on the Compute Canada website in English, but once approved by the Board of Directors it will be made available in French and English.

Comments from the research community are invited and should be sent to susan.baldwin@computecanada.org by end of day Monday, December 20th.



In the 2011 winter term, UOIT will host a SHARCNET High Performance Computing graduate course that will be offered over Access Grid. Lectures will be given by the UOIT SHARCNET HPC consultant, Alex Razoumov, on Wednesdays from 2pm-5pm, starting January 12 and ending April 13, 2011.

UOIT graduate students will be able to obtain credit for this course through UOIT’s Modelling and Computational Science Graduate program. If a graduate student at another institution would like to take the course for credit, it would be expected students should register in an appropriate course listed in their own university’s graduate program. For such students, it is expected that each institution will have a course coordinator who is responsible for local logistics, and for assigning and assessing the student project that is required in the course.

Interested parties or those with questions should contact: Greg Lewis, Associate Professor, Mathematics, and Graduate Program Director, Modelling and Computational Science, Faculty of Science, UOIT (greg.lewis@uoit.ca).