Press Releases

SHARCNET is currently running its annual User Satisfaction Survey intended to measure your satisfaction with SHARCNET services and support. Users will find the survey within the SHARCNET web portal and are encouraged to respond by June 15th. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for a 64GB USB flash drive.

Tell us what you think! Results from the survey help us evaluate our success in meeting users’ HPC needs and improve our services in the future. Summary results from previous surveys are also available via the web portal.

Compute Canada has released a final draft of its Strategic Plan 2014-2019 that frames and focuses Compute Canada’s priorities over the next five years. Compute Canada’s Board of Directors will review the final plan for final approval in April. As a last step in its community consultation process, Compute Canada is inviting public feedback on this near-final version of the plan. To submit comments, please email by April 4, 2014.

SHARCNET is currently seeking a High Performance Technical Computing Consultant based out of Windsor. As part of our mission to enable excellent research, we require advanced technical consultants to support the user community in leveraging HPC infrastructure for forefront research. This position will primarily be assisting users at the University of Windsor. As part of the technical team reporting to the Technical Manager, HPTC consultants provide organizational focus for, and development of, the local user community with specific responsibilities. To view the job posting, click here.

Interested candidates may apply in confidence by March 21, 2014 to

Don’t miss Canada’s premier advanced computing event for exchanging ideas, tools, new discoveries, and successes in computational research. HPCS 2014 will be held at the Westin Nova Scotian on the waterfront in beautiful Halifax, NS. The conference runs from June 25 to 27, with technical workshops for HPC practitioners on June 23 and 24. Register now for early bird discounts! Please note: If you are a Compute Canada or regional consortia staff member, please contact for registration instructions.

HPCS 2014 Call for Submissions Now Open
Theme: HPC Serving Society

HPCS 2014 is accepting submissions for contributed talks and posters relating to the theme, and about the application and practice of high performance and advanced computing. Submissions are due by April 30. For more information on the conference, please visit the HPCS 2014 website.

Join us on May 7th for SHARCNET’s Research Day to be held at Perimeter Institute in Waterloo. The keynote speaker will be Saul Teukolsky of the Astronomy Department at Cornell University. Research Day is SHARCNET’s annual outreach event where professors, postdocs and graduate students share individual experiences and insights on advancing research by using HPC resources.

For more information, including registration, please visit the event website.

Planning for HPC Summer School 2014 is underway. Summer School (west) which will be held at the University of Waterloo, May 26-30th. A long-running event for SHARCNET, Summer School was introduced to users over a decade ago and it continues to be well received. The program consists of hands-on courses covering introductory and advanced HPC and programming topics, software best practices, debugging and much more. Training will include both in-class lectures and computer labs with exercises on programming distributed and shared memory systems, cell systems and GPGPUs.

Summer School is now an Ontario-wide event which is organized in partnership with SciNet and HPCVL. The dates for Summer School central and east will be posted soon, along with a website for registration.

Compute Canada invites students and researchers at Canadian post-secondary institutions to apply for one of 10 spots allocated to Canada for the fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 1-6, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop is aimed primarily at graduate students or postdocs; however, junior faculty or advanced undergraduates are also welcome to apply. Attendees will be expected to have some experience in HPC parallel programming (for instance, MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA/OpenCL), preferably on software used in successful research projects, and must be at least 18 years of age at time of application. Attendees from all disciplines are invited to participate.

The deadline for applications is March 9th. Notification of acceptance will be made in early April.

SHARCNET is pleased to release its latest newsletter issue in a completely online format. We have included a number of articles which highlight SHARCNET services and the exciting research projects we support. Upcoming key events are also noted, including Research Day which will be held on May 7, 2014 at Perimeter Institute.

Continue to check the SHARCNET website for information on upcoming events and activities, or watch for our monthly community update which is emailed to our general mailing list and posted on our web portal.

We would love to hear from you! If you have an interesting news item or research story for SHARCNET to highlight, please contact