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International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges

Apply by 9 March, decisions in early April Expenses paid by program Sponsored by PRACE, XSEDE, Riken, and Compute Canada website: 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 fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences.


Why Data Centre Providers Love the Greater Toronto Burbs

The recent announcements of continued IT infrastructure building in Markham (and across the other southern York Region municipalities of Richmond Hill and Vaughan) reflect an established data centre cluster in the area, including recognizable names such as IBM, Rogers, Compugen, OnX, and HP. Of particular noteworthiness is Vaughn-based SCINET—Canada’s largest supercomputer data centre—a High Performance Computing


2014 Call for Compute Canada Resource Allocation Proposals

Any Canadian academic researcher may obtain a default allocation on any Compute Canada system, including those at SciNet, at any time by registering with the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) and requesting accounts at one or more consortia. The size of default allocations vary by system. A Principal Investigator who requires more than the default allocation


SciNet’s Top 5 of 2012

  It’s been a great, busy, year here at SciNet in 2012;  here’s our take on a SciNet Year in Review as a countdown to what’s already shaping up to be an exciting 2013… 5!  SciNet Training Training and education have always been important to SciNet; it’s one thing to provide computer resources, but we


SciNet Runs Canada’s Fastest, Greenest Computers

The two new Blue Gene/Q systems that are part of the Southern Ontario Smarter Computing and Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) are Canada's biggest, fastest, and greenest big compute platforms - indeed, among the greenest and fastest in the world. And they're in just the right place.

Telescope and Alpha Centauri Data, Courtesy the ESO

Computing and Planet-Finding

An Earth-sized planet has been found around the star closest to the Sun, Alpha Centauri – and while the astronomers used a telescope, it was only with big computing that they could first “see” the planet. Since astronomers don’t know ahead of time which stars will turn out to harbour planets, modern exoplanet searches carefully

SciNet News, Oct 2012

To keep users posted on what’s going on at SciNet, we send monthly emails with the new features, planned courses and events and accomplishment at SciNet. Events Coming Up Unless stated otherwise, all events take place at the SciNet Headquarters, Rm 235 of 256 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON. All events below are free but we

A proton-proton collision event in the CMS experiment producing two high-energy photons (red towers). This is CERN we would expect to see from the decay of a Higgs boson but it is also consistent with background Standard Model physics processes. © CERN 2012

SciNet and the Discovery of the Higgs Boson

“SciNet is absolutely central to make anything out of what happens,” Teuscher [a University of Toronto ATLAS Researcher] said in this Toronto Star article. SciNet, and the other Compute Canada centres, play a significant role in the work of the Large Hadron Collider and the physicists who use it. Want to learn more about computation


Ontario HPC Summer School 2012 (Central ON: Toronto)

For the last three years, the coming of summer has meant one thing — the Ontario HPC Summer School. The three Ontario HPC Consortia have worked together to teach a week-long intensive “boot camp” introducing HPC and parallel computing to an audience including attendees from academia, government labs, and industry. This year, to better reach


SciNet’s Infiniband Upgrade on The HPC Rich Report

Our CTO, Dr. Chris Loken, was on this week’s Rich Report HPC podcast with Gilad Shainer of Mellanox and the HPC Advisory Council describing our recent Infiniband upgrade and the improvements that means for our user community; the podcast was also featured on Inside HPC.  Using Mellanox end-to-end InfiniBand solutions, SciNet has improved reliability and