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News for users of SciNet.  Stay on top of new developments on the SciNet systems, SciNet courses, and anything else of interest to the community!

Niagara at Scale

SciNet will be reserving the Niagara cluster for two days in March for the first-ever “Niagara at Scale”, from March 30th, 2021, at 12 noon EST, to April 1st, 2021, at 12 noon EST. Purpose of the “Niagara at Scale” event This event will enable pre-approved projects that require all or nearly all of the
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SciNet Virtual Summer Training Program

In lieu of its annual in person Ontario Summer School, this year, SciNet, in collaboration with CAMH, will be offering weekly virtual summer training on High Performance Computing from June through to August. The program consists of the following 11 courses, each with 3 online vents of 90 minutes on successive days within one week:
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2020 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada, July 7-12

Update April 17, 2020: This event has been postponed to 2021. Applications open November 29, 2019, and are due January 27, 2020 Who can apply: Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States, especially if you use advanced computing in your research. Students from underrepresented groups in computing
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SciNet News October 2019

SUMMARY The Resource Allocation Competition is open. Scheduled maintenance downtime on October 16th. Training and education program continues. UofT Visualization Discussion Group hosted at SciNet. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki docs.scinet.utoronto.ca. SYSTEM CHANGES Research groups that require more computational or storage
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SciNet News September 2019

SUMMARY Announcing SciNet’s 2018-2019 Training and Education Schedule on Scientific Computing, High Performance Computing and Data Science. To acknowlegde the Niagara supercomputer in your publications, please cite our recent PEARC19 paper: M Ponce, R van Zon, S Northrup, D Gruner, J Chen, F Ertinaz, A Fedoseev, L Groer, F Mao, B C Mundim, M Nolta,
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SciNet’s publication about Niagara deployment

Have you ever wondered how a supercomputer is designed and brought to life? Read SciNet’s latest paper on the deployment of Canada’s fastest supercomputer: Niagara. Niagara is currently the fastest supercomputer accessible to academics in Canada. In this paper we describe the transition process from our previous systems, the TCS and GPC, the procurement and
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SciNet News June 2019

Summary Increased security of the SciNet data centre Decommissioning of the SOSCIP BlueGene/Q at the end of June. Announcement of several training opportunities. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website https://courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki https://docs.scinet.utoronto.ca. System News The security level of the data centre has been increased
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2019 Compute Ontario Summer School Central

The Compute Ontario Summer School on Scientific and High Performance Computing is an annual educational event for graduate/undergraduate students, postdocs and researchers who are engaged in a compute intensive research. Held geographically in the west, centre and east of the province of Ontario, the summer school provides attendees with the opportunity to learn and share
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SciNet News March 2019

Summary Two additional ways to interact with the nearline/archive HPSS system: Globus and a Virtual File System. Compute jobs on Niagara now have access to temporary burst buffer space. Announcement of several techtalks at the SciNet User Group Meetings. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and
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SciNet News February 2019

Summary Two additional ways to interact with the nearline/archive HPSS system: Globus and a Virtual File System. Announcement of several techtalks at the SciNet User Group Meetings. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki docs.scinet.utoronto.ca. System News The Globus interface to the nearline/archive
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SciNet News January 2019

Summary Full datacentre maintenance shutdown on January 15 and 16, 2019. Winter training and education schedule open for registration. Application for International HPC Summer School in Japan in July are still open until February 4th 2019. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki
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2019 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, Japan, July 7-12

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the tenth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held from July 7 to 12, 2019, at the campus of the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan. Applications
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SciNet Receives HPCwire Award

We are very proud that SciNet has received the 2018 HPCwire Editor’s Award for Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences. The award was announced at the 2018 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18), in Dallas, Texas. SciNet used Lenovo and Mellanox technologies on the new Niagara cluster to create
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SciNet News December 2018

Summary The full datacentre shutdown that was originally scheduled for December 18, 2018, is postponed to January 15 and 16, 2019, and combined with annual maintenance. While the University of Toronto will be closed from Dec 22 to Jan 6. SciNet support will be on a “best effort” basis. Time limits of jobs on Niagara
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SciNet News September 2018

SUMMARY Niagara takes the number 53 spot in the June 2018 TOP500 list of supercomputers (https://www.top500.org/list/2018/06). Scratch purging policy on Niagara is in effect. Burst buffer available on demand. Various SciNet courses and events to start next week, including a “Intro to Niagara/SciNet” session and a TechTalk on “Machine Learning Cosmic Structure Formation” on Sept
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