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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 will host its 28th annual event in Halifax, NS on June 23 - 27, 2014 in partnership with ACEnet. The first two days (June 23 & 24, 2014) will consist of tutorial workshops covering introductory and advanced tools for high performance computing. The technical sessions of the symposium will take place Wednesday through Friday (June 25 – 27, 2014). 


HPCVL's "Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research", October 21 & 22, 2014 in Toronto

Last year's event was so successful, we've decided to do it again! HPCVL will be hosting the next symposium of "Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research" again. Please SAVE THE DATE of October 21 & 22, 2014. 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 diseases 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. Details & website to come!


International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges

Compute Canada/Calcul Canada will be sending 10 students and researchers at Canadian post-secondary institutions to the 5th International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences. This is a great opportunity for Canadian students and postdocs to attend an Advanced Summer School on High Performance Computing Challenges, all expenses paid. The workshop is aimed primarily at graduate students or postdocs; however, junior faculty or advanced undergraduates are also welcome to apply. Attendees will be expected to have some experience in HPC parallel programming (for instance, MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA/OpenCL), preferably on software used in successful research projects, and must be at least 18 years of age at time of application. Note that the application deadline for this event has now passed. Click here for details.

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.


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.

The current version of the HPCVL Working Template (HWT) is v5.3. The HWT provides an advanced toolkit for the parallelization of code, including Version Maintainance, Automatic Relative Debugging, and Simple Timing. The software may be accessed directly on our Sunfire cluster at /opt/hwt, which also contains an application example. The User's Manual can be downloaded here.

The High Performance Computing Symposium was held in Kingston, Ontario. The conference ran from June 14th to the 17th, 2009. Please visit here for details.

HPCVL uses Sun technology to advance work in stem-cell research, economics, physics and psychology. Read the Article here...

HPCVL The High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL) today announced the launch of its Secure Grid Portal (SGP). Read the Press Release here.

HPCVL is pleased to announce the availability of our Victoria Falls cluster. This cluster is based on Sun Microsystems 1.2GHz UltraSPARC T2+ processors which have eight CPU cores and each core capable of running eight “threads” simultaneously. This is an exciting development as it is the first massively Chip Multithreaded (CMT) installation fo r research in Canada and is a paradigm shift. Altogether there are approximately 10,000 threads available. For details see the HPCVL Victoria Falls Cluster page.