Press Releases

SHARCNET is pleased to announce “SHARCFest 2009”, our outreach campaign of open houses, training events and symposiums to help educate the boarder community on the uses and importance of high-performance computing to research. Over twenty events have been scheduled at various SHARCNET locations over the month of May, including an IBM Workshop on Cell Computing on May 4-5th, a second symposium on GPU and Cell computing on May 20th and our premier event, SHARCNET Research Day 2009, on May 21st. The anchor event for SHARCFest will be our annual HPC Summer School scheduled from June 1-5th at Sheridan College.

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

SHARCNET has issued a call for proposals for Round X of SHARCNET’s Research Support Programmes: Fellowships & Dedicated Resources. Applications for this round are for Dedicated Resources ONLY. The deadline for Round X is April 30, 2009.

SHARCNET has issued a call for proposals for Round I of SHARCNET’s Research Support Programmes: Digital Humanities Fellowships. This is a new SHARCNET programme that will be run as a pilot. The deadline for DH Round I is March 31, 2009.

The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is pleased to award $80,000 in funding, over two years, for its first College Research Chair at Sheridan College. This funding will be supplemented with a $10,000 Fellowship from the Colleges Ontario Network for Industrial Innovation (CONII) and a $10,000 Proof of Principle award from CONII.

The position will be filled by Dr. Ed Sykes, a full professor at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in the School of Applied Computing and Engineering Sciences (ACES). The SHARCNET College Research Chair is a two-year research secondment, commencing January, 2009.

A new international competition called the Digging into Data Challenge was announced by four leading research agencies: the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from the United Kingdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from Canada. The Digging into Data Challenge encourages humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis, challenging scholars to develop international partnerships and explore vast digital resources, including electronic repositories of books, newspapers, and photographs to identify new opportunities for scholarship. Interested applicants must first submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2009. Further information about the competition and the application process can be found at

SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of the Round IX competition for SHARCNET Fellowships. With $1.7m in funding requests from 85 applications, this was another competitive round.

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and SHARCNET, the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network, will present a daylong workshop to discuss the relationships between scientific and industry research, and art and design.

VizDay: Case Studies in Visualization, a free event taking place Wednesday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will bring together experts from the physical sciences, biology, medicine, geology and mining, and the social sciences to explore how invisible scientific data can be turned into meaningful images, and how this practice can lead to new innovation and economic prosperity.

To be broadcast over SHARCNET’s AccessGrid.

Please note that attendance at OCAD is full. You may still attend by AccessGrid at the following SHARCNET locations: Fanshawe College, Laurentian University, Sheridan College, Trent University, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, The University of Western Ontario, University of Windsor, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, Lakehead University, Brock University.

TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ – Research and business leaders are gathering in Toronto early next month to explore the impact and potential of next-generation innovation and “jobs of the future” at the CANARIE and ORION National Summit.

Global innovation guru Dr. John Kao is among a prestigious roster of distinguished leaders coming together at “Powering Innovation – a National Summit” at the Metro Toronto Convention Center November 3 and 4.

The summit is made possible by the generous contribution of our sponsors, including gold sponsor Juniper Networks; silver sponsor SHARCNET; bronze sponsors Bell, the Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning Program; Cogent Communications, Colleges Ontario and IBM; and partner sponsors Atria Networks, Auto 21, Cybera, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Ontario College of Art & Design, Polycom, Tech Media Reports and Ryerson University.