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Nizar Ladak, Compute Ontario’s new President & CEO, discusses the importance of advanced computing. This is the first of an ongoing monthly series.

“I’ve always been fascinated by technology and its potential to “boldly go where no man has gone before.” Whether as a Trekkie growing up or, almost 30 years later, in a leadership role at a world-changing organization, it has long been clear to me that technology is redefining our world.

Though health care has been my focus, technology has been the through line of my career. Each position I’ve held over the years has had a strong information or technology component, because I see technology as a lever for change.

These are exciting times for advanced computing. Information is being generated from every imaginable activity and comes at us constantly from all corners of the earth. As a result, our ability to ask and answer questions has taken a giant leap forward." More

We are pleased to announce 2016 Ontario Summer School on High Performance Computing – West hosted by SHARCNET. This year, Summer School West will be held from May 30 – June 3 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

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The deadline for Summer School West pre-registration is May 20th at midnight. Please be aware that summer school registration is a two-step process. To finalize the registration one will have to click on a link in an email which will be sent to all attendees a few days before the event.

This five-day summer school includes lectures and labs on programming distributed and multicore systems and on various topics pertaining to scientific computing. Attendees will learn how to program distributed memory systems (networked computers) known as "clusters"€, shared memory multicore systems and GPUs. We will also cover common programming languages (including Python and Matlab/Octave) and software packages pertaining to specific research domains.

We are also running a Software Carpentry event in conjunction with our Summer School. This two-day event will teach basic lab skills for scientific computing, and will cover topics of a more introductory nature (including basics of Unix shell and version control) which are normally not covered by our Summer Schools. This workshop will take place on May 24-25 at McMaster University. To register, follow this link.

A long-running event for SHARCNET, Summer School was introduced to users over a decade ago. Summer School is now an Ontario-wide event which is organized and run through Compute Ontario.

Summer School (central) will run July 11-15 at the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa will run Summer School (east) August 8-12. Note that the courses offered by the three sites may be slightly different. Please check the site specific programs for details.

While there is no fee to attend Summer School and Software Carpentry, registration is required.

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

  • Propose a programme of work that deals with the efficient processing of large, heterogeneous datasets (“big data”) using a variety of data mining, machine learning or other analytics software.
  • Propose a programme of work that will enable innovative projects from disciplines that are traditionally not major users of HPC.
  • Propose to make novel, effective and large-scale use of non-standard architectures especially GP-GPU.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by May 18, 2016. Consultation with a SHARCNET HPTC prior to submission is required. 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

This year, Compute Ontario and ORION partner to bring you a joint conference, which combines Compute Ontario Research Day 2016 (CORD2016) and the ORION THINK Conference, into one day at diTHINK.

The event will be held on May 26th at the University of Toronto’s Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, which already includes a lineup of very interesting speakers.

As part of Compute Ontario’s annual Research Day and the diTHINK diComputing track, we are now accepting abstracts for contributed and poster presentations from professors, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students which showcase their HPC-related work. Applications are due by April 29. Notification of acceptance will occur on May 9.

For inquiries regarding the scientific community at diTHINK, including contributed and poster presentations, please contact

A printable poster is also available for distribution.

Compute Canada has announced the launch of its cloud development environment. This service will enable researchers to meet some of today’s advanced research computing challenges with increased flexibility, the ability to customize virtual machines to unique needs, no job queues, and the ability to work interactively.

The Compute Canada Cloud encompasses over 1,200 cores in two environments – east cloud and west cloud – with almost 15,000GB of combined RAM, and runs on OpenStack, a commonly used open-source platform. It will accommodate both data and computationally intensive projects, and its outward facing IP address will enable data sharing and collaboration. More Info

SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of its Round VII 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:

  • Colin Denniston, Applied Mathematics, Western University
  • Ranil Sonnadara, Department of Surgery, McMaster University
  • Graham Taylor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph
  • Nasser Abukhdeir, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo

SHARCNET plans to run another competition in 2016. Please visit our DP website for more information. Congratulations to our Round VII awardees!

The Commission on Computational Physics (C20) of IUPAP seeks nominations for its 2016 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics. Nominees should have a minimum of 8 years of research experience following their PhD and should be the principal performer of original work of outstanding scientific quality in Computational Physics. Nominations should be emailed to Professor Hai-Qing Lin by March 31, 2016.

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 More info