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Science Rendezvous 2016

Join us Saturday, May 7th for Science Rendezvous! It is an annual festival at the University of Toronto that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. At the SciNet booth, explorers of all ages will find out how researchers use computers for discovery. They will see how simple computer simulations that you


Gravitational Waves detected!!!

On February 11th, 2016 (10:30AM EST), scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration together with representatives of the National Science Foundation, announced in a live press conference, the first direct detection of gravitational waves. The event detected, named GW150914, was produced by two colliding black holes, inspariling and merging together. This signal was


Big Data Challenge for HighSchool Students 2016

SciNet in partnership with STEM Fellowship (, SAS and Open Data Toronto, organized the second edition of the “Big Data Challenge for High School Students”. On Feb. 4th, the 2015/2016 Big Data Challenge for high school students took place. 8 teams from several schools across the GTA presented their research on data analytic in front


Announcing SciNet’s Data Science Certificate Program

SciNet is pleased to announce the addition of a new certificate program, focused on Data Science. As many of you know, SciNet not only provides compute cycles and storage, but also offers a wide range of education and training sessions. Users can already get a SciNet certificate in Scientific Computing or High Performance Computing when

Science Rendezvous 2015

We had a great time at Science Rendezvous on May 9th, 2015! Science Rendezvous is an annual festival in Canada that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. The University of Toronto is one of the event sites, and SciNet has been part of this event for many years. At the SciNet

SciNet to be the site for the new Large Parallel System

As part of its strategy for Advanced Research Computing and High Performance Computing in Canada, Compute Canada has conducted a site selection for four new systems. These systems are intended to replace and augment the currently aging computational systems available to Canadian academic researchers. Recognizing the diversity of ARC computing in academic research, Compute Canada


Big Data Challenge Day for High School Students

SciNet, SAS, the computer science department at Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto, and NRC Research Press organized a Big Data Challenge for High School Students in 2014. Selected teams presented their analysis of a real data set of grocery purchases for the jury on Friday February 13, 2015. The winners were the team from


International HPC Summer School 2015

Apply by 11 March, decisions on 1 April Expenses paid by program Sponsored by PRACE, XSEDE, Riken, and Compute Canada website: The sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences will be held from June 21-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. This is an advanced summer school on High Performance Computing which targets


McMaster Students Create Fractal Movies Using BlueGene/Q Supercomputer

Computing and software students at McMaster University created some stunning videos of fractals using the BlueGene/Q, one of the most powerful computers in the world, administered by SOSCIP and hosted by SciNet. Read the full articles on McMaster University’s Daily News’ or on HPC wire. The videos can be seen on YouTube. Details on the


The Portal: Volume 2

Download a PDF copy of our newsletter for 2012. The Portal: Volume 2     The_Portal_V2  

Internal cables (Credit: SciNet, University of Toronto)

SciNet at a Glance

SciNet: Is Canada’s largest open supercomputing centre Operates two (and soon three) of Canada’s largest computers Headquarters downtown on University of Toronto’s St. George campus; data centre in Vaughan Runs one of Canada’s greenest data centres, taking full advantage of its size and Canada’s cold winters to cut power needed for cooling Once BG/Q is

A partial view of the SciNet datacentres, one of the most energy efficient in Canada.  [Credit: SciNet, University of Toronto]

Backgrounder: Supercomputing and SciNet

What is supercomputing? Supercomputing, or High Performance Computing, is using the largest computers available to tackle the biggest problems facing science, society, or industry. Whether generating computer models of unprecedented fidelity in the aerospace, biological or climate sciences, or analyzing vast amounts of data from astronomy, business data in industry, or textual or musical data

Black Holes Merging

SciNet Image Gallery

A collection of SciNet images.   Click on the titles to see the images full-size, or the images to find out what story they came from.

map of scinet area

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