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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.



SHARCNET is pleased to announce “SHARCFest 2010”, our annual outreach campaign of workshops, conferences, and sponsored events to help educate the boarder community on the uses and importance of high-performance computing to research. Our premier event, SHARCNET Research Day 2010, will be held on May 6th at York University and includes two keynote talks by leading HPC researchers. The anchor event for SHARCFest will be our annual HPC Summer School scheduled from May 31-June 4 at Sheridan College.

Visit the SHARCNET online calendar for more information or view the SHARCFest poster.



As part of its continuing outreach efforts, SHARCNET is pleased to be one of the sponsors of “MIND THE GAP” to be hosted by the University of Alberta and WestGrid from May 10-14, 2010.

This will be a multidisciplinary workshop bridging the gap between High Performance Computing and the Humanities.



SHARCNET has issued a call for Letters of Intent for Round II of SHARCNET’s Research Support Programmes: Dedicated Programming Support. The deadline for Round II LOI’s is May 31, 2010.



In May 2010, approximately 500 of Canada’s best and brightest high-school age young scientists will be coming to Peterborough, Ontario to participate in Canada’s annual National Science Fair competition. SHARCNET is pleased to be one of the event sponsors.

In challenge there is opportunity, and today’s world has a myriad of challenges/opportunities that can be addressed with science and technology innovation. Science Fairs are the “incubators” for fresh ideas, and an inspiration for many youth to take some important first steps which lead to future careers in science and/or business.

The week long National Fair brings together the winners from regional fairs from across Canada, as well as over 500 judges and representatives from a number of supporting organizations and businesses. The Honorary Chair of the 2010 National Fair is Dr. Roberta Bondar.



Copper™ Combines Cloud and Grid Computing Technologies to Provide Unprecedented Ease-of-Use and Flexibility
TORONTO, April 8, 2010 — GridCentric Inc., a Toronto-based software company, today announced the availability of Copper™, a cluster management system for high-performance computing workloads. Copper™ combines virtualization and grid computing technologies to enable simple, efficient and flexible cluster deployment, management, and use.

The GridCentric Copper™ platform enables real-time, on-demand sharing of high-performance computing resources and makes cluster administration a one-click task. With Copper™, organizations reduce IT expenditures through significantly lower installation and management costs, higher utilization of their physical infrastructure, and improved sharing of their data assets.

Copper™ has been in limited trial on a SHARCNET compute cluster located at York University in Toronto, Canada since late 2009, and is now open to all researchers from SHARCNET’s 17 academic member organizations. More…



As part of its youth outreach efforts, SHARCNET was pleased to be a silver sponsor at the 40th Annual London District Science and Technology Fair. The event drew 186 students with 135 projects, representing 25 schools at this years event.