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The 30th anniversary of the HPCS conference will be held at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, AB, June 19-22, 2016. The 2016 conference will combine two annual national conferences: CANHEIT, under the direction of CUCCIO, and the High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS), under the direction of Compute Canada.

Stay tuned for more details.



Any individual who is eligible to apply to national granting councils for funding is eligible to apply for a RAC allocation. The RAC is open to projects from all disciplines, from humanities to engineering. The allocation requests are peer-reviewed and awarded based on scientific merit, quality of the research team, and development of highly-qualified personnel (HQP).

Please note, you DO NOT need to submit a letter of intent. The final deadline for all RAC submission is October 8, 2015. There will be no extensions this year.

Interested parties should submit a full application via the CCDB with the information specified in the RAC 2016 Call for Proposals. For more information, please visit the Compute Canada website.

Click here to login / register to the CCDB to submit your 2016 RAC application.



The Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) is granted on a one-year basis and so applicants must re-apply for a new allocation every year. Any individual who is eligible to apply to national granting councils for funding is eligible to apply for an allocation. The RAC is open to projects from all disciplines, from humanities to engineering. The allocation requests are peer-reviewed and awarded based on scientific merit, quality of the research team, and development of highly-qualified personnel (HQP).

Please note that people applying for RAC are NOT required to submit a letter of intent but just a full application with the information specified in the RAC 2016 Call for Proposals. More info

Important Dates:
CCDB submission area activated: September 1
Fast track submissions due: September 25 (4:00 pm EDT)
All RAC & RPP full proposals due: October 8 (4:00 pm EDT)

For more information on the RAC competition, please refer to the 2016 RAC Call for Proposals or visit the 2016 Resource Competitions page on the Compute Canada website.



Waterloo, Ontario-July 30, 2015. Compute Canada and its regional partners ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid will receive close to $75 million to renew and consolidate the national platform for advanced research computing. Funds will be received through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative competition launched in 2014. The federal investment of $30 million leverages an additional $45 million in provincial and institutional support.

Today’s announcement by Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo at an event at the University of Waterloo is a major step forward for Canada’s advanced research computing infrastructure – an important component of Canada’s digital research ecosystem. This essential infrastructure and expert support directly supports the Canadian economy and science excellence. More info



Researchers building platforms or portals to serve the needs of a community of users are invited to apply to Compute Canada’s 2016 Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition, which grants access to computing and storage resources on Compute Canada’s systems.

Introduced in 2014, the RPP competition is targeted at applications that use platforms or portals to improve access to shared datasets, enhance existing online research tools and facilities, or advance national or international research collaborations. Resource allocations in this competition may be awarded over multiple years, up to a maximum of three years. The RPP competition is open to any researcher based at a Canadian academic institution who is eligible to apply for funding to the federal granting agencies.

The RPP competition is delivered in two stages:

  1. Letter of Intent (LOI) Stage
    This stage is non-competitive and used to ensure project alignment with the RPP competition rules. Submissions are generally one page, providing a high-level summary of the project’s rationale, operation and scope.
  2. Full Application Stage
    Successful LOIs will be invited to submit a Full Application. This stage requires further details on the requested Compute Canada resources, operation and management of the platform or portal, and the anticipated impacts and opportunities.

Groups are encouraged to use the RPP competition if their application falls within any of the following categories:

  • Resources requested on behalf of a large community of users that will be reallocated to individuals and small groups following the award.
  • Applications that provide a public platform that will make use of Compute Canada computing or storage.
  • Groups engaging in international agreements to provide multi-year computing or storage solutions based in Canada.
  • Recipients of the Major Science Initiative from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
  • Groups that are providing shared data sets accessible using a third party (non-Compute Canada) interface.

Full criteria details and submission guidelines are available in the RPP Competition Guide. Letters of Intent due by August 13, 2015. More info



Compute Canada is pleased to announce its two pairs of scholarships for the 2015 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) have been awarded to Gurpreet Singh, a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge, and his co-applicant James Desjardins, a SHARCNET High Performance Computing Consultant at Brock University; and Jonathan Armoza, a graduate student at McGill University, and his co-applicant Félix-Antoine Fortin, a Calcul Québec HPC Analyst at Université Laval. More info



SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of its Round VI Dedicated Programming Support competition. The primary objectives of this program are to enable key research projects with the potential for exceptional and lasting impact that require significant programming support to proceed, and facilitate optimal exploitation of SHARCNET’s or Compute Canada’s computing infrastructure for internationally leading research.

In this Round, programmer allocations have been made to the following researchers:

  • Susan Brown, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph
  • Ziad Kobti, School of Computer Science, University of Windsor
  • Ranil Sonnadara, Department of Surgery, McMaster University
  • Isaac Tamblyn, Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

SHARCNET plans to run another competition later this year. Please visit the DP website for more information. Congratulations to our Round VI awardees!



On May 21, 2015, Conestoga College hosted Compute Ontario Research Day at their newest campus in Cambridge. By all accounts, this year’s event was one of our most successful with over 120 attendees, 4 invited speakers, 16 contributed talks and 14 poster presentations. We were very pleased by the level of student participation, and want to extend a special congratulations to the “best-of” student winners: Grigoriy Kimaev for best student contributed presentation, and Tanyakarn Treeratanaphitak for best student poster presentation. Both students are from the University of Waterloo.

This conference is the preeminent provincial high performance computing event at which professors, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students gather to learn about each other’s high performance computing related work. CORD2015 was a collaborative event organized by the Ontario HPC consortia, SHARCNET, SciNet, and HPCVL and the host site, Conestoga College.

We also want to thank our sponsors, Compute Canada, Compute Ontario, and ORION, for making this event possible and supporting outreach to the HPC research community.