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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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group photo HPC Summer School in Toronto

SciNet concludes its biggest-ever training week in scientific, high performance, and data science computing

When summer arrives, it means the return of Ontario’s Summer School on Scientific and High Performance Computing. This annual set of educational events bring together graduate students, undergraduate students, postdocs and researchers and gives them an opportunity to learn and share knowledge and experience in technical computing, data science and biomedical computing on modern high-performance
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SciNet News June 2018

SUMMARY Scratch purging policy on Niagara starts July 16. Niagara takes it place at the number 53 spot in the top500. Preliminary fall training and education schedule 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 Scratch purging policy on Niagara starts
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2018 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 to learn and share knowledge and experience in high performance and technical computing on modern HPC platforms. Apart from the Compute Ontario Summer School Central, which will be hosted in Toronto by SciNet
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Launch of the Niagara Supercomputer at SciNet

The Niagara supercomputer was officially launched on March 5th, 2018. We were honoured by the presence and remarks of Reza Moridi (Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science), Nizar Ladak (Compute Ontario President and CEO), Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte (CFI President and CEO), Prof. Vivek Goel (Vice-president of Research and Innovation at the University of
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