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.




bannerCompute Canada is announcing the launch of the 2015 Resource Competitions. In addition to the familiar Resource Allocation Competition (RAC), there are now two other opportunities to access Compute Canada resources including the Fast Track and the NEW Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition.

For additional details on these three opportunities, visit the Compute Canada website. Please note the following deadlines:  

Fast Track
Octobre 2nd 2014
Resource Allocation Competition
Octobre 20th 2014
Research Platform and Portal Competition (Letter of Intent)
September 25th 2014

If you have any questions, contact rac@computecanada.ca


The McGill HPC Centre of Calcul Québec and Compute Canada is proud to host Intel on Tuesday September 23, 2014 for a full-day Intel Parallel Programming Training session as part of the Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor Developer Training Series. Registration is now open for a free one-day, in-depth parallel programming training session. This training will provide software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their code to take advantage of parallel architectures found in both the Intel® Xeon® processor and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor.


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The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) just annouced the launch of the Out of Québec professor exchange program, exclusively for members of the Strategic Clusters, including Calcul Québec. The program aims to encourage international and interprovincial mobility among professors with research activities that fall within the scientific program of one of the Strategic Clusters funded by the FRQNT.For Calcul Québec, the project should be related to scientific computing.The program is quite similar to the International Internship Program. The clusters are responsible for selecting candidates through an internal competition, and selected candidates are then recommended to the FRQNT. In the case of Calcul Québec, the deadline to submit your application is Friday, november 7th, 2014.

C2C-header-cropped-225x100pxThe topic of the Fall 2014 C2C seminar series is "Deep Sequencing Antibody and T-cell Receptor Repertoires for the Study of Infectious and Autoimmune Disease, and Development of Vaccines and Therapeutics".

The goal of this session of the Coast to Coast Seminar Series will be to examine an immediate and pressing "Big Data" problem faced by researchers examining the immune response to infectious and autoimmune diseases, cancer, and those developing vaccines and therapeutic antibodies. With the application of "deep sequencing" or "next-generation sequencing" (NGS) techniques, it is now possible to sequence millions of sequences per individual, per time point (e.g., early vs. late in infection; before or after vaccination), and from different sets of cells within the body. This is a prime example of the challenge of "Big Data." 

vmarceau cqsmallOnce again, Calcul Québec contributes to a student researcher's success. Vincent Marceau, doctoral candidate in physics at Université Laval's Centre for optics, photonics and lasers was named FRQ-NT's Star student-researcher for August 2014.

Mr Marceau received this honor for the article titled Femtosecond 240-keV Electron Pulses from Direct Laser Acceleration in a Low-Density Gas, published in the prestigious peer reviewed journal Physical Review Letters. The simulations that lead to the publication of this article were done using our compute server Colosse. 


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.