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).
Compute Canada/Calcul Canada invites students and researchers at Canadian post-secondary institutions to apply for one of 10 spots allocated to Canada for 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. Attendees from all disciplines are invited to participate.
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The Coast to Coast Seminar is an hour-long presentation 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. Thhe series starts on January 14, 2014. Details about the individual presentations may be found here.
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.
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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 and here.
HPCVL recently held a one-day symposium "Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research” on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Toronto. Advances in technology have led to availability of large volumes of data from a variety of research studies and clinical environments. This data can be processed, integrated, stored and analyzed 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 create new products and methodologies. This symposium will examine several aspects of this opportunity and the issues surrounding the use of this data. For details and a list of speakers please see: Complex Data and Analytics Symposium
HPCVL, in collaboration with Compute Canada, recently conducted a two-day workshop on MPI computing. This workshop took place on: February 20-21, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm at the HPCVL Training Room in Kingston, Ontario. Our workhops are free for anyone interested. This workshop was directed at current or prospective users of parallel computers who want to significantly improve the performance of their programs by parallelizing the code on a wide range of platforms. Further details can be found here.
The deadline for the 2014 Call for Proposals has now passed. The proposals are being evaluated and those of you who have applied will be notified at the end of 2013. You can read the full Call for Proposals here.
HPCVL and Compute Canada workshop (Completed)
Introduction to High Performance Computing
at the High-Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory
(HPC @ HPCVL)
November 18-19, 2013 ; 9 am - 4 pm ET
This was a two-day workshop aimed at new or prosepctive users of HPCVL or other HPC facilities. It included practical exercises. The course was "broadcast" throuch video conferenceing to reach users outside of Kingston, especially in Ottawa and Toronto.
HPCVL, SciNet and SHARCNET jointly conducted this year's Ontario High-Performance Computing Summer School (East) at the University of Ottawa, on May 28 – 31, 2013. The four-day Summer School offered training including both lectures and hands-on exercises. Subjects included programming for distributed and shared memory systems, as well as GPUs, and others. For details, see the Summer School Page. Registration for this event is now closed.
HPCS (the High Performance Computing Symposium) is Canada’s foremost supercomputing conference – a multidisciplinary conference where computational researchers from all disciplines in industry and academia, computer scientists, and vendors exchange new tools, techniques and interesting results in and for HPC computational research.
HPCS2013 took place in Ottawa from June 2 - 6, 2013. The first two days (Sunday and Monday) consisted of tutorial workshops covering introductory and advanced tools for high performance computing, and the technical sessions of the symposium took place Tuesday through Thursday. More Information may be found here. See HPCS2013 Poster
HPCVL has renewed their licensing agreement with the Numerical Algorithm Group. This partnership offers a unique opportunity for HPCVL users to obtain temporary licenses for the NAG numerical libraries on their local machines, as well as for their work using HPCVL servers and clusters. This makes it possible for our users to do development work on local work stations using the same libraries as for the production runs on our computing facilities. The libraries covered include Fortran and C libraries, as well as parallel SMP library for multi-core and shared memory computers, and the MPI-based NAG Parallel library for clusters. The NAG libraries offer more than 1,600 fast, robust, and reliable numerical routines ranging from Linear Algebra and Optimization to Special Functions and Statistical Analysis. Details can be found in our FAQ and on the NAG website. Contact us if you are interested.
HPCVL is collaborating with the Queen’s Applied sustainability group and St .Lawrence College to assist in leading edge photovoltaic research, and in the dissemination of data from joint Queen’s/St. Lawrence College “open source” PV test sites. The purpose of the Open Source Outdoors Test Field (OSOTF) (see attached flyer) is to develop a world class test field for fundamental and applied PV research. Data from the test field will be freely available to the research community online, and the stable and secure servers at HPCVL are the ideal candidate for hosting this specialized data. In addition, the computing resources at HPCVL will be used to assist simulations efforts which will shed light into questions regarding the interaction between PV devices and our atmosphere.
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 is in the process of installing Access Grid rooms in all of the consortia locations. Access Grids make use of fast connections between sites and quality A/V equipment, which allows for high quality video conferencing.
HPCVL runs the "The Virtual Lab" Outreach Program, an online resource for Ontario educators teaching math and sciences in the upper elementary and secondary grades. The website provides great resources matched to the Ontario curriculum.
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