A Very Successful Bio-Info Day


Calcul Québec's Bio-Info Day took place on January 31st and was a great success. Researchers from across Quebec as well as Calcul Québec personnel from all sites gathered in Montreal for a fruitful day of sharing and discussions.

avocatbioinfo" This day was a great opportunity to promote exchanges between the members of the Calcul Québec genomics community. Better communication between community members will probably help everyone better understand the needs and constraints involved, allowing us to work together more effectively. " commented Suzanne Talon, Calcul Québec coordinator, who organized the event.





The Chief Technology Officer of this recently incorporated organization will have accountability for planning, coordinating, and leading the purchase and deployment of advanced computing resources across Canada based on the needs of the research community and will ensure that all researchers in Canada can access the appropriate advanced computing facilities managed by CC. The Chief Technology Officer will develop and promote the services and capabilities of the organization and its advanced computing resources nationally and internationally.

Last February, Calcul Québec's Board of Directors adopted a new terms of use policy. To ensure that all users are aware of the rules in force and to avoid unpleasant surprises, we would like to bring the following excerpts to your attention:

3. Calcul Québec Additional Rules

1) Calcul Québec infrastructure is intended primarily for non-contractual academic research. A user who wishes to use this infrastructure for other purposes must include in their project usage fees according to the current pricing schema. The user must also inform Calcul Québec of such usage.


3) If a sponsored user cannot be reached by e-mail within a reasonable period of time, their data may be transferred to the sponsor upon the sponsor's written request.


5) In the absence of a particular agreement to this effect, Calcul Québec assumes no responsibility for the security of sensitive or personal data belonging to users. Users who work with this kind of data must take their own measures (for example, by encrypting the data) to protect such data.

Our complete rules and policies are available here. Please take note that users will be deemed to have accepted these conditions if their account is still active as of July 31st 2014. You can refuse these conditions by deactivating your account here. If you need further information about our rules and policies, write to us!

bannerAs part of the consultation process for its Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing (SPARC), Compute Canada is issuing a call to Canadian researchers and research groups for whitepapers addressing  the  future  needs  of  specific research  disciplines. These white papers will be used to elaborate the proposal that will be submitted for the CFI cyber-infrastructure initiative.

White papers must be submitted before July 31st. Detailed instructions can be found in the document Compute Canada’s Call for Whitepapers for Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing(SPARC)  on Compute Canada's web site.


NRAC Alan Evans 2014 finalThe essential role supercomputing can play in supporting breakthrough discoveries and driving vital research was showcased recently through two exciting announcements involving McGill researcher and Calcul Québec user Dr. Alan Evans.
Late last month, the human brain atlas was announced as one of the Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies by MIT Technology Review. Evans, from the Montreal Neurological Institute, and Dr. Katrin Amunts from the Jülich Research Centre in Germany, led the creation of the revolutionary new 3D brain model. Millions of hours of data processing time on several supercomputers run by Compute Canada's regional consortia — including Calcul Québec — were used to help complete the project.