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Expired: Job Opportunity: SOSCIP Technical Lead

SOSCIP is looking for a new Technical Lead position. This individual will broadly oversee usage on our compute platforms and be engaged in managing and identifying the technical requirements for new projects, and will be posted at the University of Toronto. For more details see the Posting on the job site of the University of
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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.

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.

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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2016 Ontario HPC Summer School – Toronto

The 2016 Ontario Summer School on High Performance Computing is a week-long academic workshop that provides attendees with opportunities to learn and share knowledge and experiences in high performance computing, technical computing, and data science. The Ontario HPC Summer School is given in three locations, in different weeks. The first one was from May 30
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Science Rendezvous 2016

Join us Saturday, May 7th for Science Rendezvous! It is an annual festival at the University of Toronto that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. At the SciNet booth, explorers of all ages will find out how researchers use computers for discovery. They will see how simple computer simulations that you
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Gravitational Waves detected!!!

On February 11th, 2016 (10:30AM EST), scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration together with representatives of the National Science Foundation, announced in a live press conference, the first direct detection of gravitational waves. The event detected, named GW150914, was produced by two colliding black holes, inspariling and merging together. This signal was
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International HPC Summerschool 2016 in Slovenia

Apply by 15 February 2016, decisions on March 9, 2016 Expenses-paid program Sponsored by PRACE, XSEDE, Riken, and Compute Canada website: http://ihpcss2016.hpc.fs.uni-lj.si/ The seventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences will be held from June 26-July 1, 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia. This is an advanced summer school on High Performance Computing which targets
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International HPC Summer School in Toronto

Eighty students from the US, Canada, Europe and Japan, plus about twenty speakers and over thirty mentors gathered at the University of Toronto from June 21 to June 26, 2015, to learn about High Performance Computing, and share experiences in this multi-disciplinary field (see https://ihpcss2015.computecanada.ca). Sponsored by PRACE, XSEDE, Riken, and Compute Canada , this
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2015 Ontario HPC Summer School Registration Opened

The Ontario Summerschool on High Performance Computing provides attendees with opportunities to learn and share knowledge and experience in high performance, technical, and data-centric computing. The Ontario Summerschool on High Performance Computing will have three installments. The first will be in London (May 25-29), the second in Toronto (July 9-13), hosted by SciNet, while the
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Announcing SciNet’s Data Science Certificate Program

SciNet is pleased to announce the addition of a new certificate program, focused on Data Science. As many of you know, SciNet not only provides compute cycles and storage, but also offers a wide range of education and training sessions. Users can already get a SciNet certificate in Scientific Computing or High Performance Computing when
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Science Rendezvous 2015

We had a great time at Science Rendezvous on May 9th, 2015! Science Rendezvous is an annual festival in Canada that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. The University of Toronto is one of the event sites, and SciNet has been part of this event for many years. At the SciNet
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SciNet to be the site for the new Large Parallel System

As part of its strategy for Advanced Research Computing and High Performance Computing in Canada, Compute Canada has conducted a site selection for four new systems. These systems are intended to replace and augment the currently aging computational systems available to Canadian academic researchers. Recognizing the diversity of ARC computing in academic research, Compute Canada
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