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Building on four successful years hosting a national Visualize This! Challenge, the Compute Canada Visualization Working Group is joining forces with IEEE to co-host the 2021 IEEE SciVis Contest, an international competition to create novel approaches and state-of-the-art visualizations that help domain scientists better understand challenging datasets.



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

  • Sheridan Houghten, Computer Science, Brock University
  • Colin Denniston, Applied Mathematics, Western University
  • Andrew Roger, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University
  • Michael Cottam, Physics & Astronomy, Western University

SHARCNET plans to run another competition later this year. Please visit our DP website for more information.



SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Dedicated Programming Support Round XVII. 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 using a variety of data mining, machine learning or other analytics software.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by December 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. Please note that consultation with a SHARCNET HPTC prior to submission is a programme requirement.

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.



The Compute Canada federation invites researchers to apply, starting today, to our annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC). These competitions give you the opportunity to have access to more compute, storage and cloud resources. Applications submitted are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence.

All proposals must be submitted electronically through the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) by Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 11:59 PM (EST).

Questions about RAC 2021 are welcome by emailing rac@computecanada.ca. For general inquiries about the process, please visit the RAC Frequently Asked Questions page.



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. Due to the popularity of these sessions, a second Summer School is being offered from August 17-21, 2020.



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