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On June 19 – 22, 2016, Compute Canada and WestGrid will be co-hosting HPCS 2016 alongside CANHEIT 2016 in Edmonton, AB. They will partner with CUCCIO and the University of Alberta to bring together two national conferences for a unique joint event. CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 will be Canada’s largest gathering of campus IT leaders and advanced research computing experts and researchers. The conference theme, Shaping the Digital Landscape, will explore how technology and computing is changing the way we teach, learn, research and discover.

CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 is now accepting submissions for consideration in its event program. Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2016. The deadline for poster submissions has been extended to May 13, 2016. If you have questions, please email canheit-hpcs-info@ualberta.ca. More info



Compute Canada announces the 343 recipients of its 2016 computing and storage allocations competitions, known as the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) and the Research Platforms and Programs (RPP) competition. The projects represent a diverse range of science areas and benefits to Canadians, from research in text analytics to brain imaging simulations to developments in green energy production to spacecraft design.

Advanced research computing (ARC) and research data management tools are essential components for today’s modern research requirements. Access to these resources and expert support are key to producing world-class results.

“Each year the allocation process has become more competitive as demand for our resources continues to grow beyond existing capacity, and this year was no different,” said Dugan O’Neil, Compute Canada Chief Science Officer.

Compute Canada received a total of 366 applications from research projects across the country. Compared to 2015, this year’s applications on average requested 16% more computing resources, 34% more storage, and 123% more GPU computing resources. More info



Compute Canada is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to launch the first ever Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge. This challenge, led by social sciences and humanities researchers, will see research teams compete against one another using open-data sets to develop systems, processes, or fully-functional technology applications that address the human dimensions to key challenges in the natural resources and energy sectors. The Ontario Centres of Excellence, and ThinkData Works have also partnered on this project to provide additional resources and support. More info



Compute Canada launched its second round of consultations with Canada’s researchers and research-intensive institutions to develop the Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing Phase II (SPARC2).

Compute Canada is asking for feedback from the broad research community on its data storage requirements and high performance computing needs over the next five years. Here is how to get involved and help shape advanced research computing (ARC) services in Canada:

After the completion of SPARC2, Compute Canada will be releasing its findings on the future needs and growth for research in Canada. More info



SHARCNET is updating its website. We will be refreshing the look, updating and reorganizing some of the content, and plan to make the site more user and mobile friendly.

Please help us improve our website by completing a brief survey so you can share how you experience our website and provide suggestions for improvement. Those who complete the survey and provide their contact information will be included in our prize draw.



Compute Canada is offering two pairs of scholarships to Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2016. These will be awarded via a competition closing December 14, 2015. Submissions must include:

  • The name and institutional affiliation of a research based co-applicant (Faculty, Postdoc, or Graduate Student).
  • The name and institutional affiliation of a Compute Canada based co-applicant (analyst or consultant).
  • A summary of the project that the co-applicant pair is either currently collaborating on or which there are solid plans to collaborate on.
  • The DHSI 2016 courses that each co-applicant would plan to take. Include a list of backup courses should the first-choice courses not be available.

All of the above should fit on a single page using reasonable font sizes. Please submit a PDF to John Simpson at john.simpson@computecanada.ca before the end of December 14, 2015. More info



SHARCNET is issuing a new call for proposals for Dedicated Programming Support. This programme provides support for computational projects of exceptional potential that will have lasting impact and value and that require significant support from SHARCNET to proceed.

For Round VII, applications are encouraged that satisfy the programme objectives and priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Propose to develop innovative visualization applications and techniques that emphasize the visualization of large datasets especially using distributed/parallel visualization/rendering techniques.
  • Propose a programme of work that will enable innovative projects from disciplines that are traditionally not major users of HPC.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by December 20, 2015. Note that users must have a SHARCNET webportal account in order to access the online form.

For additional information, please refer to the application guidelines. Questions should be addressed to research-support@sharcnet.ca.



The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is consulting with the broader community on their core funding programs (the Innovation Fund, the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the College-Industry Innovation Fund, the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative and the Infrastructure Operating Fund). They also seek input on a few key strategic issues of relevance to the research community and other stakeholders.

The purpose of the consultations are to:

  • identify opportunities for better alignment with institutional and community needs;
  • make adjustments to the design of its funds to address evolving priorities; and,
  • encourage the development of research infrastructure proposals of the highest quality, in order to better enhance the capacity of institutions and their researchers to conduct world-class research and technology development.

Ontario meetings are planned for:

London: Nov. 3, 13:00-15:00, Western University
Waterloo: Nov. 4, 09:00-11:00, Delta Waterloo
Toronto: Nov. 5, 09:00-11:00, Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville
Ottawa: Nov. 10, 09:00-11:00, Ottawa Marriott Hotel

A full listing is available on the CFI website.

Written comments are also invited by November 30, 2015, email: consultation@innovation.ca

For more information, including RSVP details, please refer to the CFI website.