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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).



Principal Investigators (PIs) at Canadian academic institutions who require access to High Performance Computing (HPC) resources on Compute Canada systems are hereby invited to submit proposals requesting allocations of CPU time and storage to the 2010 Compute Canada National Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC). The deadline for submitting applications is November 8, 2010 at 3pm EDT.

There will be an information session about the NRAC process on October 14th at 2pm EDT via AccessGrid. Dr Gren Patey, who Chairs the NRAC, will lead the session. Contact your local consortia for connection details.

Please refer to the Compute Canada website for additional details.



Thanks to generous support from SciNet, SHARCNET, and others, Software Carpentry will be offered online this fall to 40 students at Ontario universities. The course will be taught online: each week, students will view a series of video lectures and work through exercises with support from the instructor and TAs through Skype, desktop sharing, web forums, and other channels.

If you, your colleagues, or your students are interested, please visit http://software-carpentry.org/blog/fall-2010/ for details, or contact the course administrator at info@software-carpentry.org. The course is non-credit, but there is no charge for enrollment. While capacity is limited, the course will be offered periodically.

A printable poster is also available for distribution.



Planning is underway for the Compute Canada booth at SC’10.

SuperComputing 2010
The Future of Discovery
New Orleans, LA, November 13 – 19, 2010.

Researchers using HPC in Canada are invited to submit proposals for demo presentations at the event. Compute Canada is requesting demos that are visually captivating and fall into one of the following conference areas: climate simulation, heterogeneous computing and data intensive computing. Demonstrations may be presented onsite or, if there is significant interest, Compute Canada will provide a high speed connection to enable remote presentations. Please identify any preferred times and if there are any complementary posters or handouts.

Researchers may submit their demo proposal to Susan Baldwin, susan.baldwin@computecanada.org, with a brief statement explaining the importance of HPC to their work and describing their demonstration’s technical requirements.



Industry Canada has launched a consultation process in order to develop a strategy for the digital economy. The details can be found at http://de-en.gc.ca. The site encourages submissions in response to the questions and issues raised by the government’s consultation paper and a number of submissions are already available on the web site. The site encourages participation and, in particular, encourages you to vote for or against particular ideas located in the “Idea Forum” sections.

Compute Canada has submitted an idea titled “To Compete You Must Compute” that describes the value and necessity of HPC to the digital economy. If the future of HPC in Canada is important to you – as a researcher, university staff member, student, or postdoc – please vote. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of HPC. The deadline for voting has been extended to July 13th.



SHARCNET is currently running its annual User Satisfaction Survey, to seek feedback from the user community on all aspects of our organization and operations. Users will find the survey within the SHARCNET web portal and are encouraged to respond by July 15th (note the deadline has been extended). Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for an iPod Touch.

Your feedback is important to us! Results from the survey assist us in evaluating our success in meeting users’ HPC needs and help us improve our services in the future. Summary results from previous surveys are also available via the web portal.



SHARCNET is pleased to offer its preeminent training event: Summer School on High Performance and Technical Computing 2010. This is an annual event that provides students with an opportunity of learning and sharing the knowledge and experience in high performance and technical computing on platforms with the latest technologies. The five-day summer school, offering intensive courses on various subjects, will include lectures and computer labs with hands-on exercises on programming distributed and shared memory systems, as well as GPUs. Given the popularity of the host site last year, Summer School will be returning to the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ontario, May 31-June 4. Please register for the event via the Summer School website.

A printable poster is available for distribution.