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2022 Compute Ontario Summer School

This Summer School, jointly organized by SHARCNET, SciNet and Centre for Advanced Computing, will start on May 30th, 2022. We are pleased to announce the 2022 Compute Ontario Summer School jointly organized by the three consortia, Centre for Advanced Computing, SciNet and SHARCNET. The Summer School is a free series of workshops on skills and […]
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Niagara at Scale – June 2022

What is “Niagara at Scale”? “Niagara at Scale” are events where the Niagara supercomputer is reserved for two days for large parallel computations on the order of the size of the cluster. In 2021, SciNet held two successful “Niagara at Scale” events. Because of further demand for such large computations, another “Niagara at Scale” event […]
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International HPC Summer School, Greece, June 19-24, 2022

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States, are being invited to apply to participate in the 12th International HPC Summer School, to be held June 19-24 in Athens, Greece, hosted by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). To apply, visit the event’s website at https://ss22.ihpcss.org. […]
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Niagara at Scale – Oct 2021

SciNet held a successful event “Niagara at Scale” in the Spring of 2021, during which Niagara was reserved for 48 hours for large parallel computations on the order of the size of the cluster. Such “heroic computations” are Niagara’s mandate, but they are hard to run within the regular batch scheduler. Because of further demand […]
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SciNet Virtual Summer Training Program 2021

For the second summer in a row, in lieu of its annual Ontario Summer School, SciNet will be offering weekly virtual summer training on Advanced Research Computing from June through to early September. Topics will include parallel programming, Linux shell, cybersecurity, large scale batch processing, and performance Python and R. The program will start on […]
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Rouge AMD GPU Cluster

The Rouge cluster was donated to the University of Toronto by AMD as part of their COVID-19 HPC Fund support program. The cluster consists of 20 x86_64 nodes each with a single AMD EPYC 7642 48-Core CPU running at 2.3GHz with 512GB of RAM and 8 Radeon Instinct MI50 GPUs per node. The nodes are […]
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Industry Post-doc Position in Dynamical Downscaling

Professor W. R. Peltier at the University of Toronto Department of Physics in collaboration with Aquanty invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate to investigate climate change impacts in northern Canada. The research work will include dynamical downscaling of climate projections, with an emphasis on land-surface – climate interactions in Arctic regions. The successful candidate […]
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Niagara at Scale Pilot

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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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 Job Opportunity: Manager, Information Systems Security

SciNet is looking for a Manager, Information Systems Security. This individual will be working under the direction of SciNet’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in coordination with the University of Toronto’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), the Manager, Information Systems Security is responsible for working with Information Technology staff and resources at SciNet and the wider […]
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Vizualize This! Competition

Visualize What? Now in its fourth year, Visualize This! invites researchers from all disciplines to use their own datasets — or our sample dataset — to build a unique and innovative visualization that displays an interesting aspect of the data. Our panel of judges will review all entries, and prizes will be awarded to the […]
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SciNet’s Summer School: a decade-old tradition

Most would associate summertime with a relaxing and leisurely season of the year. However, HPC centres like SciNet, as in many others around the world, perceive this differently and are actually quite busy during this period. Among the many activities SciNet carries out during the summer “break” are workshops and short courses. These activities are […]
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Tetrahymena Thermophila

Study on the role of mediator complex in gene expression in collaboration with SciNet

For the last two years, SciNet has been collaborating with PhD candidate Alejandro Saettone from the Fillingham lab from Ryerson University. One of the research projects, which also involved the group of Dr. Ronald Pearlman at York University, deciphered some aspects of the mediator complex’s role in transcription and gene expression using the model organism […]
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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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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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Computational Science Education Publications by SciNet

This year starts with the publication of three papers by SciNet analysts in the Journal of Computational Science Education that are a reflection of SciNet’s ten years of training and educating academic researchers in the practical and scalable use of high performance computing. Bridging the Educational Gap between Emerging and Established Scientific Computing Disciplines Marcelo […]
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SciNet’s webinar on “Trends and Strategies in Advanced Research Computing Education”

SciNet was invited to present our latest findings (see https://www.scinet.utoronto.ca/scinet-research) about “Trends and Strategies in Advanced Research Computing Education” in a SIGHPC Education webinar. This webinar was based on our recent publications: Trends in Demand, Growth, and Breadth in Scientific Computing Training Delivered by a High-Performance Computing Center, Journal of Computational Science Education vol 10(1) […]
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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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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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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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HPCwire: SciNet Launches Niagara, Canada’s Fastest Supercomputer

HPCwire reports on the launch on the new supercomputer Niagara at 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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Road to Niagara 3: Hardware setup

This is the fourth of a series of posts on the transition to SciNet’s new supercomputer called “Niagara”, which will replace the General Purpose Cluster (GPC) and Tightly Coupled Cluster (TCS). The transition to Niagara will take place in the fall of 2017, and the system is planned to be available to users in early […]
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International HPC Summer School 2018 in Ostrava, by SciNet, XSEDE, PRACE and Riken

A High-Performance Computing Summer Institute July 8-13, Ostrava, Czech Republic Expenses-paid program Apply by February 13, 2018 Website: http://ihpcss18.it4i.cz Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the ninth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held July 8 […]
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Road to Niagara 2: GPC Reduction

This is the second of a series of posts on the transition to SciNet’s new supercomputer called “Niagara”, which will replace the General Purpose Cluster (GPC) and Tightly Coupled Cluster (TCS). The transition to Niagara will take place in the fall of 2017, and the system is planned to be available to users in early […]
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Road to Niagara 1: Tightly Coupled Cluster Decommissioned

This is the first of a series of posts on the transition to SciNet’s new supercomputer called “Niagara”, which will replace our aging General Purpose Cluster (GPC) and Tightly Coupled Cluster (TCS). The transition to Niagara will take place in the fall of 2017, and the system is planned to be available to users in […]
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New Courses and New Initiatives for this Coming Semester

Excited about the beginning of a new academic year? We, at SciNet, certainly are! SciNet has created several new courses for this coming fall semester and we are really excited about that! Take a look at our education website to learn about all the courses and workshops that we will be offering. In addition to […]
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2017 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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Grand Opening of the ArcNet Space at MaRS

On May 9, 2017, the Grand Opening of the ArcNet space took place (despite having moved a while ago). What is ArcNet? It is a space where expertise and support of Advanced Research Computing (the “ARC” in ArcNet) from three organizations come together. SciNet is the oldest of the three; It is the supercomputing consortium […]
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International HPC Summer School 2017 in Boulder, CO

Apply by 6 March, 2017 Expenses-paid program Sponsored by PRACE, XSEDE, Riken, and Compute Canada website: https://confluence.xsede.org/display/IH17/International+HPC+Summer+School+2017 The eighth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences will be held from June 25-July 30, 2017, Boulder, Colorado, USA. This is an advanced summer school on High Performance Computing which targets graduate students who already […]
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SciNet’s new home… SciNet has moved to MaRS!

  Welcome to SciNet’s new space: SciNet has moved to the new MaRS tower!!! Our offices are now located on the eleventh floor, on the new MaRS tower at 661 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1M1. Users are welcome to make an appointment with our personnel and stop by to visit our new space.
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Gravitation waves detected, again!

We congratulate the LIGO and Virgo collaborations to the second-ever observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes. SciNet is proud to have contributed to the computation of the waveform templates that were used in this latest discovery of LIGO. LIGO measured about 55 gravitational wave cycles for this new binary black hole system. This […]
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