Three members of the Calcul Québec team honored


 Dugan O’Neil, Weiguang Guan, Maxime Boissonneault, Minh-Nghia Nguyen, John Simpson and Mark Dietrich

Three members of the Calcul Québec team were honored at the Compute Canada Awards ceremony during the CANHEIT|HPCS 2016 conference on June 20th. 

Minh‐Nghia Nguyen, a scientific computing analyst with Calcul Québec, was granted an award for the quality of the support he provided to the Computer Poker Research Group at University of Alberta. Back in 2015, that team of researchers made waves in the media when their work was published in the prestigious periodical Science

David Morais, one of our team's bioinformaticians, received an award for his work on integrating Galaxy, a popular software platform for genomics, into GenAp, a DNA analysys tool.

For the first time this year, members of the Compute Canada team were able to nominate other team members for the Team Choice Award. Maxime Boissonneault, one of our scientific computing analysts who also chairs Calcul Québec's research support coordination committee and leads Compute Canada's Research Support National Team, was the first recipient of the new award. 

Our congratulations to all winners!

The complete list of recipients along with more information on their merits can be found on the Compute Canada website .



Compute Canada recently published an outline of the Resource Allocation Competitions for 2017. A major change this year is the new reference year. Allocations will now be awarded for the period of April 1st to April first of the following year, whereas  they were previously awarded for a calendar year. As a transitory measure, all allocations for 2016 will be extended to April 1, 2017.

There will be three different competitions for the 2017 resource allocations. The outlines of all three competitions are available on Compute Canada's website. 

Calcul Québec's training team is still hard at work despite the call of the beach. We are currently industriously preparing impovements to our service offer. Starting in September, our regular training workshops will become available at Université de Sherbrooke.  To make sure that what we are planning for the next school year actually reflects your needs, all users from Québec institutions were sent a short questionnaire about their training interests last week. If you have not received it, please check your spam folder or contact us at .

On another front, in an effort to erradicate the ghost registrants epidemic that forced our pour instructors to teach in front of sparsely populated classrooms even when there was a waiting list for that class, a 10$ fee will now be charged when users from the academic sector register for one of our workshops. 

The Fonds de recherche du Québec recently launch the tenth edition of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles awards.


The call for applications for these award come twice a year.The aim of the program is promote carreers in research and recognize the excellence of research projects undertaken by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and members of professional orders in advanced research training programs in the areas covered by the Fonds. Student researchers whose results were published less than seven months before the competition deadline are eligible to apply. 

In conformity with Calcul Québec's new Statutes adopted last February, two researchers have been elected to the Board. 

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Charles Gale
James McGill Professor, Physics Department
McGill University
Armand Sodera
Professeur titulaire, département de chimie
Université de Sherbrooke


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It is now official, next year's High Performance Computing Symposium, HPCS 2017, will be hosted by Compute Ontario and Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, June 5-9 2017.

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Organized every year by Compute Canada and it's regional partners, HPCS is Canada's premier Advanced Research Computing (ARC) conference, bringing together top researchers from across Canada and around the world, as well as major industry partners.

mitacs logoThrough the Mitacs Accelerate internship program, graduate students, post-docs and University professors can extend the scope of their research by teaming with private companies and put their skills and resources to work taking up new challenges.

Applications are accepted throughout the year for internships lasting a minimum four months. Each 4-month internship project receives $15,000 in direct funding. To apply, students must already have an industrial partner, but several companies have expressed interest in the program and do have research projects that they would like to find interns for. Some of these projects are related to advanced research computing. The list of these projects is available on the Mitacs website.

Good luck!