Press Releases

SHARCNET’s Fall Workshop 2004 will be held October 13-15 at Wilfrid Laurier University. An optional bonus day, Introduction to High Performance Programming, will be held on October 12. This year’s workshop will feature expert talks on leading-edge computing hardware, tutorials on software such as libraries, and seminars and keynotes on fundamental HPC computing strategies.

Thanks to an investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario government, confirmed this week, SHARCNET will be soon be among the world’s most powerful High Performance Computing (HPC) centres.

SHARCNET is pleased to announce the following best poster prize winners from its 2004 AGM: Interactive Parallel Visualization of Large Particle Datasets and Hydrodynamic Datasets by K. Liang, W. Guan, P. Monger and H. Couchman, McMaster; and Dependence of the Folding Process and Stability on the Location of a Hydrophobic Pair in a Beta Hairpin by H. Imamura and Z.Y. Chen, Waterloo.

University of Guelph Professor David Swayne, Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Modelling and Software, has issued a special Call for Papers for a SHARCNET edition of the journal, under the theme of High Performance Computing and Environmental Modelling. Deadline for submission September 15, 2004.

SHARCNET will be host to HPCS 2005: The 19th annual international symposium on High Performance Computing Systems and Applications, May 15-18, 2005 at the University of Guelph.

The SHARCNET Annual General Meeting will take place on June 24, 2004 at The University of Waterloo (Festival Room, South Campus Hall) from 10:30-15:30. The event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Russ Miller, Director of the Center for Computational Research at The University of Buffalo. All interested parties are welcome.

Josh Findley, member of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) project, has discovered the largest known prime number. It is nearly a million digits larger than the previous largest known prime number, and belongs to a special class of rare prime numbers called Mersenne primes.