Compute Canada


Two-Day Workshop on November 27-28 -
HPC @ HPCVL: An Introduction to High-Performance Computing

This workshop offered a basic introduction to High Performance Computing with an emphasis on practical usage of our systems. This is of special interest to those of you who have little or no background in using "supercomputers" or needed a little refreshing on such issues as the Unix operating system, code development and debugging, optimization and parallel programming. For details, click here.

HPCVL presents the 2014 Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research, on October 21-22 in Toronto

HPCVL hosted the second "Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research" symposium on October 21 & 22, 2014, which included twelve renowned speakers, a poster session, and workshop. Advances in technology have led to the availability of large volumes of data from a variety of research studies and clinical environments. This data can be processed, integrated, and stored to present opportunities for new understandings of disease and treatments, and has the potential to help save lives and billions of dollars throughout the health care system as well as potentially helping to create new products and methodologies. This symposium will examine several aspects of this opportunity and the issues surrounding the use of this data. 

HPCVL Named in "Best 10 Research Facilities in Canada" in Backbone Magazine

HPCVL is proud to announce that we were selected as one of the "Best 10 Research Facilities" in Canada. The editor and publisher of Re$earch Money magazine helped compile a list of nine facilities and one company. The Backbone 200 consists of organizations, people, events and products that stand out, that contribute to our competitiveness and economic strengths, and-as in the case of our world-leading game developers-our ability to have fun and make money. See full article here.

Employment Opportunities at HPCVL

HPCVL is currently looking for a System/Software Engineer and a Scientific User Support person at our Carleton University office. Please see more here.

Kingston named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities

Kingston has been ranked Canada’s third best place to live and smartest city, thanks to deployment of an open-access community broadband network supplemented with investment in the Eastern Ontario Regional Network bringing 10 Mbps service to rural neighborhoods. Innovation has a particular focus in Kingston. Local government launched a community planning process that resulted in Sustainable Kingston, a plan that gave rise to a nonprofit of the same name.  As a result, most research and commercialization focuses on greentech and cleantech, from the Federal GreenCentre Canada research lab to a Fuel Cell Research Centre and High-Performance Virtual Computing Lab (HPCVL). Read the article here.

Canadian Coast to Coast Seminar Series

The Coast to Coast Seminar is a series of hour-long presentationa given on a scientific topic and made accessible to audiences at a number of remote sites through collaboration technology.The presentations are broadcast through Video Conferencing and can be accessed from one of our VC facilities. The series continues in the spring of 2015, starting on January 20. Details about the individual presentations may be found here.

CALL: Compute Canada 2015 Resource Allocation Opportunities (deadline passed)

Compute Canada is announcing the launch of the 2015 Resource Competitions.  In addition to the familiar Resource Allocation Competition (RAC), there are two other opportunities to access Compute Canada resources including the Fast Track and the NEW Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition.  We invite you to consult the Compute Canada website for additional details on these three opportunities.  If you have any questions please contact

HPCS 2014 - Halifax, NS - June 23-27

The High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) is Canada’s foremost supercomputing multidisciplinary conference. The nation’s extended research and academic community, as well as partners from business and industry, gather to learn more about the current state and future direction of computational research and HPC technologies. HPCS was held its 28th annual event in Halifax, NS on June 23 - 27, 2014 in partnership with ACEnet. The first two days (June 23 & 24, 2014) consisted of tutorial workshops covering introductory and advanced tools for high performance computing. The technical sessions of the symposium took place Wednesday through Friday (June 25 – 27, 2014). Please check out the Media Advisory.

HPCVL Provides Secure Resources for Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)

HPCVL provides a secure environment and computing resources for the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI). The Ontario Brain Institute is creating an extensive brain research database called the Brain-CODE that will allow researchers to work faster and more efficiently. Read more here.

HPCVL Library for Parallel Programming on Multicore Clusters

The "Double-layer Master-Slave Model" (DMSM) combines an MPI-based approach for workload distribution on a cluster with local OpenMP-based task scheduling for multicore nodes. It is therefore ideally suited to exploit clusters with multicore and multithreaded nodes. At HPCVL, we have implemented this model in the form of a library that requires minimal user input. The library is freely available for download in the form of Fortran90 and C source code. Since only standard language features were used in the development, it can be deployed easily on multiple platforms. For details, see our FAQ file, or the User's Manual.

HPCVL Digital Certificates are Available

Digital certificates ensure data integrity and meet compliance regulations.