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Mr. Mark Dietrich, President and CEO of Compute Canada, Canada’s national advanced research computing platform, today announced the allocation of more than $71 million worth of advanced research computing and storage capacity to over 300 research projects, across the country.

These allocations, which result from Compute Canada’s most recent Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) and of the new Research Platforms and Portals Competition (RPP), were announced as part of a Parliament Hill event highlighting the importance of advanced research computing and celebrating the successes of Canadians researchers.

Hosted by the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, the event gathered many parliamentarians including the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), government officials and representatives of the research and innovation community.

The competitively awarded grants will allocate more than $66 million through the RAC and more than $5 million through the RPP competition. These allocations include more than 124,000 core-years of computational power and 15.5 petabytes (15.5 quadrillion bytes) of data storage on Compute Canada’s advanced research computing systems. More info

SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Round V 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 V, applications are encouraged that satisfy the programme objectives and priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Propose to make novel, effective and large-scale use of non-standard architectures especially GP-GPU.
  • 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 21, 2014. 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

HPCS, Canada’s foremost supercomputing conference, will be held in Montreal from June 17-19, 2015. The event will be co-hosted by Calcul Québec and Compute Canada at Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia University. The three days of the main event will be preceded by two days of tutorials and workshops.

A full day of the three-day program will be devoted to sessions showcasing Big Data and its applications. Other themes in the agenda include:

  • Chemistry and NanoScience
  • Physics and Engineering
  • Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Infrastructures, Algorithm and Emerging Technologies
  • Exploring the World

HPCS 2015 is currently soliciting original papers on any HPC-related topic, on either science outcomes of using HPC or the development of new methods. Abstracts are due by March 17, 2015. Please visit the Paper submission page to submit an abstract.

Compute Canada announces its Resource Allocation Opportunities for 2015. Compute Canada’s Advanced Research Computing (ARC) resources are accessible to researchers at Canadian academic institutions and may be accessed using the opportunities below. There are four components to this year’s Resource Allocation Competition:

  • Default Allocations
  • Fast Track (by invitation only)
  • Resource Allocation Competition 2015
  • Research Platforms and Portals Competition (RPP) new for 2015

The new Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition focuses on providing ARC resources to a larger community of researchers driven towards creating a platform for collaboration or a portal for broader use of Compute Canada resources. Allocations may be granted for multiple years and are evaluated using specialized review criteria. The competition will use a two stage review process that involves a Letter of Intent and a Full Application. The LOI is open to all applicants interested in applying. The Full Application stage is open only to groups selected at the LOI stage.

Please submit any questions regarding Compute Canada resource opportunities to

On Thursday, September 18, Compute Canada will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to convene members and stakeholders to review its 2014 fiscal year and elect a new Board of Directors.

Currently, Compute Canada membership is available to any university or college in Canada that has one or more researchers using an advanced computing system through Compute Canada within the last 18 months.

For more information on becoming a voting member, or to attend the AGM as an observer, please email More info

SHARCNET is currently seeking a High Performance Computing Technical Consultant based out of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

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 UOIT. As part of the distributed technical team reporting to the Technical Manager, HPC technical consultants provide organizational focus for, and development of, the local user community with specific responsibilities. To view the complete job posting, click here.

Following an extensive consultation process last year, the Compute Canada Board of Directors has approved a Strategic Plan to guide the organization’s mandate and growth over the next five years. This strategic plan addresses today’s unmet needs and anticipates future needs based on current trends. For Canadian researchers to remain competitive, Compute Canada will continue to adapt to the changing research landscape between now and 2019. Click here to read the plan.

A national engagement of Canada’s research community to create a national forecast of advanced research computing, data storage and archiving requirements.

Compute Canada applauds and supports the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) announcement of consultations in preparation for the $50 million cyberinfrastructure initiative. It signals an important step in renewing Canada’s commitment to this essential enabler of scientific and industrial leadership.

This initiative builds on CFI’s previous investments in 2006 and their ongoing support through the CFI-MSI program for Compute Canada, and it will benefit a significant proportion of Canada’s research community.

CFI is contemplating a renewal of the existing Compute Canada national platform as well as funding for domain-specific data projects. The bulk of such infrastructure would be operated and maintained by Compute Canada. To prepare for this initiative, Compute Canada will consult and engage with Canada’s researchers and research-intensive institutions to develop Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing (SPARC).

This will be a shared forum for discussion among key stakeholders on the kinds of investment required to enable Canada’s excellence and leadership in science and innovation, with a particular focus on sectors that are highly dependent on digital infrastructure. As the national voice for advanced research computing in Canada, Compute Canada will ensure SPARC includes both specific and common requirements for its communities.

Compute Canada will gather input for SPARC through the summer of 2014. More info