Sheridan Cyber Security Symposium 3.0

May 6, 2017 in for_educators, for_industry, for_researchers, for_users, news

The Sheridan Cyber Security Symposium 3.0, will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Hazel McCallion Campus of Sheridan College in Mississauga.

This conference is hosted by the Sheridon College Faculty of Applied Science and Technology in collaboration with Sheridan Applied Research and Innovation, and will explore cyber security within public health & safety, community, education and business.

For more information and registration see the symposium’s website.

Ontario Vouchers and SciNet

July 10, 2013 in for_industry

The Ontario Collaboration Vouchers program is a great new opportunity for Ontario companies to work with academic partners — like SciNet — to solve their R&D problems.

Matching funds up to $20,000 – and possibly more with eligibility for other programs – are available to help you work on short (6-12 month), focused projects with academic partners like SciNet. This opportunity – part of the Ontario Government’s new Ontario Collaboration Vouchers for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) program – may be the best opportunity yet to take advantage of SciNet’s R&D computing expertise for speeding up and scaling up your research computing.
A small ($5,000 or less) cash investment will leverage four times as much investment when paired with in-kind matching such as the time you spend working with us. That means you can get access to our large computing facilities (use up to a quarter of a million processor- hours) ; use our large storage (up to 25TB of storage) ; take advantage of our training options (up to 250 student-hours); and work with our consultants one-on-one to tackle your biggest R&D computing challenges (up to 250 consultant-hours). And we’ll start a pilot project with you immediately while the six-to-eight week application process is underway.

Want to know more? Read our brochure about the vouchers program, and contact us to start solving your R&D computing problems.

SciNet to Help Drive Ontario Innovation with Largest Computer

April 10, 2012 in for_industry, for_industry_slideshow, frontpage

Compute Canada consortium in Partnership with Universities, IBM to aid Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

SciNet announced today that, as part of the new Southern Ontario Smart Computing and Innovation Partnership (SOSCIP) with IBM, the Federal Government, the Government of Ontario, the University of Toronto and six other Ontario Universities, it will be running what is expected to be Canada’s largest computer, an IBM Blue Gene/Q which will be able to execute almost a half quadrillion mathematical operations per second.

Such high-end computing power used to be used exclusively for flagship government or industrial projects as designing racing cars, airplane engines, or nuclear reactors. The increasingly widespread availability of computing resources means that high performance computing (HPC) is now also used for designing plastic coffee containers, bicycle wheels, and golf clubs. And indeed, a major thrust of the SOSCIP project will be to work with Ontario small and medium-sized enterprises to speed product research and development, to speed innovation in the Ontario economy.

SciNet is one of seven Compute Canada high performance computing consortia across Canada, and is already a local hub for technical and high-performance computing expertise; but this new project increases the amount of resources available to work with Ontario’s flourishing innovative technology sector. “This provides an excellent model for how the Compute Canada consortia can be leveraged to support innovation and excellence across Canada,” said Jill Kowalchuck, Executive director of Compute Canada.

The new system is expected to be up and running in the Fall, with necessary upgrades to the SciNet data centre already starting. “We’re very excited about our role in this new project,” said Dr. Chris Loken, CTO of SciNet. “This incredible new resource, plus our existing experience in working with a wide range of clients solving their research and development computing problems, is going to enable us to help many more Ontario innovators use computing to solve their R&D problems.”

About SciNet

SciNet is Canada’s largest supercomputer centre, providing Canadian researchers with the computational resources and expertise necessary to perform their research on scales not previously possible in Canada, from the biomedical sciences and aerospace engineering to astrophysics and climate science. SciNet is funded in part by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Province of Ontario, and the University of Toronto. More information is available at http://www.SciNetHPC.ca , or contact us.

About Compute Canada

Compute Canada is a national platform of advanced computing resources across the country, bringing together computer and data resources, academic researchers, and computational expertise to tackle some of the Canada’s biggest research questions. Compute Canada has built a user community across Canada in disciplines ranging from the sciences and engineering to arts and humanities. For more information about Compute Canada or this year’s allocations, see https://computecanada.org .

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Success Story: Intel and Intel® MPI Library

February 29, 2012 in blog-general, for_industry, success_story

When clients have extremely large-scale computations to do, SciNet recommends that they use Intel® MPI Library, a highly tuned, massively scalable communications library that performs well where competitors have trouble even starting.   And when Intel was looking to further improve the performance of their flagship MPI library, they knew they could turn to SciNet and its massive cluster to serve as the ultimate testbed.

SciNet’s GPC cluster, with four thousand nodes connected by ethernet, is one of the largest flat such networks in the world, and provided an extremely valuable testing facility for tuning the MPI library’s performance on extremely large scales. “Over the years we have worked closely with SciNet to develop and tune our Intel MPI Library symbiotically with their high performance computing applications on their compute platform,” said Sanjiv Shah, Director, Technical Computing Software, SSG, at Intel.

“Over the years we have worked closely with SciNet to develop and tune our Intel MPI Library symbiotically with their high performance computing applications on their compute platform.”

Sanjiv Shah, Director, Technical Computing Software, SSG, Intel Corporation.

“ As SciNet’s computational infrastructure and demands from their research community have grown, we have worked closely to ensure that Intel software development tools continue to scale with their computational demands.”

The Intel team used up to 30,000 processors at a time on SciNet’s GPC cluster to test and tune the latest version of their MPI library, released as Intel® MPI Library v4.0, and SciNet users used an early version of the library to run one of Canada’s largest simulations.

But the demand for even more powerful computers and extreme scaling never ends, and so development, and the partnership, continues.   “We’re delighted to continue our fruitful partnership with Intel, helping develop and test their massively scalable MPI library implementation”, said Dr. Daniel Gruner, SciNet’s CTO-Software. “Intel has become a very important software company, taking its cues from the needs of high performance users, such as those using the SciNet systems who are always pushing the envelope for computational science.”

Training For Industry

October 12, 2011 in for_industry, for_industry_slideshow

SciNet’s HPC experts offer a variety of training courses on high-performance technical research computing to the SciNet user community and to external partners.   Recent course offerings have included:

  • GPU Computing
  • Introduction to HPC
  • Introduction to Parallel Computing
  • Scientific Programming
  • Parallel I/O

Currently scheduled classes can be seen on our events page.

Participants in our SciNet Industry Partnership Program program can access our existing, scheduled courses at very reasonable rates; can work with us to schedule existing classes at other times, at SciNet or on-site; or can arrange for custom training courses.  For more information, contact us at info@scinet.utoronto.ca.