Press Releases

SHARCNET computers have recently confirmed the world’s largest Mersenne prime number, comprised of 7,816,230 digits. Jeff Gilchrist, a graduate student from Carleton University, used a SHARCNET parallel computer to verify the accuracy of the record-breaking figure, discovered in February 2005 by Dr. Martin Nowak, an eye surgeon from Michelfeld, Germany. Employing 12 of the 16 1.2GHz CPUs on SHARCNET’s Compaq Alpha GS160 server, Typhon, Gilchrist was able to validate the number in only 15 days.

Title: Complex Systems: Rational Modelling Ensures Fidelity. Thursday June 2, 2005, Wilfrid Laurier University. Professor Roberts, University of Southern Queensland, is a world leader in using and developing a branch of modern dynamical systems theory, in conjunction with new computer algebra algorithms, to derive mathematical models of complex systems and apply them to a variety of fields in science and engineering.

An on-line version and a PDF version of the Long Range Plan for HPC in Canada is now available. The development of this Long Range Plan was initiated and supported by the Executive and Board of the Association Inc.

McMaster University and SHARCNET will be hosting the FLASH group from the University of Chicago, March 21-22, 2005. FLASH is a parallel adaptive mesh code that is freely available to the science community and used by a wide selection of people including groups at McMaster.

When SHARCNET was first conceived, the idea of developing Canada’s most powerful academic computer was only second on the list of objectives. What was first? Clamping down on the exodus of Canada’s best and brightest researchers who were streaming out of the country to other points on the globe in search of answers to complex research problems.

Registration for HPCS 2005: “the new HPC culture”, is now available. This 19th international symposium on HPC systems and applications will be hosted by SHARCNET at the University of Guelph, May 15-18, 2005.

The team at SHARCNET wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2005!