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We are pleased to announce the 2014 Ontario Summer School on High Performance Computing – West, May 26-30 @ University of Waterloo. Register Now.

The Summer School on High Performance and Technical Computing is an annual educational event for students, postdocs and researchers in the areas of computational science. Jointly organized by SHARCNET (Ontario-West), SciNet (Ontario-Central) and HPCVL (Ontario-East), attendees are provided with opportunities to learn and share knowledge and experience in high performance and technical computing on platforms with the latest technologies. Five full days of summer school offers intensive courses on a number of selected subjects, including:

  • Programming distributed systems using message passing;
  • Programming shared memory systems with threads;
  • Programming GP GPUs
  • Parallel computing: theory and practice
  • Debugging and profiling
  • Using packages and libraries for scientific and engineering computing
  • Visualization

Registration is FREE however, space is limited. If you are registered and later you find you are unable to attend the classes you have signed up for, please let us know, so that we can give the space to others who need it.

Contact: Jemmy Hu, SHARCNET, University of Waterloo



SHARCNET is currently running its annual User Satisfaction Survey intended to measure your satisfaction with SHARCNET services and support. Users will find the survey within the SHARCNET web portal and are encouraged to respond by June 15th. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for a 64GB USB flash drive.

Tell us what you think! Results from the survey help us evaluate our success in meeting users’ HPC needs and improve our services in the future. Summary results from previous surveys are also available via the web portal.



Compute Canada has released a final draft of its Strategic Plan 2014-2019 that frames and focuses Compute Canada’s priorities over the next five years. Compute Canada’s Board of Directors will review the final plan for final approval in April. As a last step in its community consultation process, Compute Canada is inviting public feedback on this near-final version of the plan. To submit comments, please email consultation@computecanada.ca by April 4, 2014.



SHARCNET is currently seeking a High Performance Technical Computing Consultant based out of Windsor. As part of our mission to enable excellent research, we require advanced technical consultants to support the user community in leveraging HPC infrastructure for forefront research. This position will primarily be assisting users at the University of Windsor. As part of the technical team reporting to the Technical Manager, HPTC consultants provide organizational focus for, and development of, the local user community with specific responsibilities. To view the job posting, click here.

Interested candidates may apply in confidence by March 21, 2014 to careers@sharcnet.ca.



Don’t miss Canada’s premier advanced computing event for exchanging ideas, tools, new discoveries, and successes in computational research. HPCS 2014 will be held at the Westin Nova Scotian on the waterfront in beautiful Halifax, NS. The conference runs from June 25 to 27, with technical workshops for HPC practitioners on June 23 and 24. Register now for early bird discounts! Please note: If you are a Compute Canada or regional consortia staff member, please contact info@hpcs.ca for registration instructions.

HPCS 2014 Call for Submissions Now Open
Theme: HPC Serving Society

HPCS 2014 is accepting submissions for contributed talks and posters relating to the theme, and about the application and practice of high performance and advanced computing. Submissions are due by April 30. For more information on the conference, please visit the HPCS 2014 website.



Planning for HPC Summer School 2014 is underway. Summer School (west) which will be held at the University of Waterloo, May 26-30th. A long-running event for SHARCNET, Summer School was introduced to users over a decade ago and it continues to be well received. The program consists of hands-on courses covering introductory and advanced HPC and programming topics, software best practices, debugging and much more. Training will include both in-class lectures and computer labs with exercises on programming distributed and shared memory systems, cell systems and GPGPUs.

Summer School is now an Ontario-wide event which is organized in partnership with SciNet and HPCVL. The dates for Summer School central and east will be posted soon, along with a website for registration.



Join us on May 7th for SHARCNET’s Research Day to be held at Perimeter Institute in Waterloo. The keynote speaker will be Saul Teukolsky of the Astronomy Department at Cornell University. Research Day is SHARCNET’s annual outreach event where professors, postdocs and graduate students share individual experiences and insights on advancing research by using HPC resources.

For more information, including registration, please visit the event website.



Compute Canada invites students and researchers at Canadian post-secondary institutions to apply for one of 10 spots allocated to Canada for the fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 1-6, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop is aimed primarily at graduate students or postdocs; however, junior faculty or advanced undergraduates are also welcome to apply. Attendees will be expected to have some experience in HPC parallel programming (for instance, MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA/OpenCL), preferably on software used in successful research projects, and must be at least 18 years of age at time of application. Attendees from all disciplines are invited to participate.

The deadline for applications is March 9th. Notification of acceptance will be made in early April.