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RAC 2020 launches on September 24, 2019

On September 24, 2019, the Compute Canada Federation will launch its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), a peer-reviewed process to grant priority access to storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service. These competitions are open to Canadian research projects from all disciplines. Applications are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific...

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Calcul Québec’s 2019 general meeting

Calcul Québec is delighted to invite all its members to the forthcoming general assembly to be held on Thursday, September 19 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT).  You can either join us in person or attend the meeting remotely: Montréal Polytechnique Montréal: room L-3816 (Pierre-Lassonde building); McGill University: Bell room (room 103, Rutherford Physics...

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Call for applications: Scientific Director for Calcul Québec

Calcul Québec is looking for a new Scientific Director whose two years term will begin in June 2020.    In order to ensure a smooth transition with the current Scientific Director, Prof. Pierre-Étienne Jacques, we are inviting professors to apply now for this position. Details about the role of the Scientific Council and its Director...

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Helping women scientists take advantage of advanced research computing

Julie Faure-Lacroix receives an award from the Anita Borg Systers Pass It On Program for her training project for women in advanced research computing. AnitaB.org, a nonprofit organization for the advancement of women in computing, rewards noteworthy contributions from all over the world through its Systers Pass It On Awards Program. Any woman over 18...

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User Notice: Action required as part of upcoming Compute Canada security improvements

To enhance the security of its resources, Compute Canada is modifying the configuration of the SSH security protocol used to connect to its clusters. SSH protects the information transmitted between the user and the cluster, and verifies the identity of both parties. The new configuration will affect all users and requires action from you. For...

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Calcul Québec at CANHEIT-ARC 2019

Calcul Québec (CQ) staff members will be presenting at the upcoming CANHEIT-ARC conference, held from 18 to 21 June 2019 at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). Canada’s advanced research computing (ARC) experts and high education IT leaders gather annually to discuss the field trends, challenges and opportunities. Compute Canada, co-host of the event, and Calcul...

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Launch event of supercomputer Béluga at ÉTS

Béluga, Compute Canada’s new supercomputer administered by Calcul Québec (CQ), has been available to researchers since April 3, 2019. In order to celebrate the commissioning of the supercomputer and highlight the work accomplished by our staff, Calcul Québec organized a launch event on April 26, 2019. A large number of CQ staff, management and directors,...

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Calcul Québec sponsored the ACS 2019 annual congress

The annual congress of the Association des Communicateurs Scientifiques du Québec (ACS) – or Quebec Association of Science Communication – was held on April 12 and 13, 2019 at the Urbanisation Culture Société Research Center of the INRS (Montreal). Calcul Québec is very proud to join other partners in supporting the organization of this major...

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CFI releases its investment program for digital infrastructure

On February 12, 2019, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) released the details of its investment program supporting advanced digital infrastructure for Canadian universities. As part of CFI’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, Compute Canada will receive $20 million, including more than $12.5 million for the co-financing of Calcul Québec’s new supercomputer named Béluga, hosted by the École...

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Techno au féminin | Journée Carrières

Calcul Québec est fière de soutenir le Mouvement montréalais Les Filles & le code. Le Mouvement montréalais Les Filles & le code présentera le 13 octobre prochain l’événement « Techno au féminin | Journée Carrières » qui a pour vocation d’être un rendez-vous au cours duquel les participantes pourront s’inspirer de femmes incroyables issues du...

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Calcul Québec is now part of Women in High Performance Computing

  Calcul Québec has been recognized as one of the first WHPC Affiliate organizations in the new Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Pilot Programme. WHPC is an international organization created with the vision to encourage women to participate in the HPC community by providing fellowship, education, and support to women and the organizations that...

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Making research possible

Discover the work of Michel Barrette, a system administrator at Calcul Québec “Michel Barrette is a truly outstanding analyst, whose passion is to make research possible,” says nominator David Sénéchal. Sénéchal is a professor at the Université de Sherbrooke and has worked with Barrette for several years. Sénéchal says Barrette has been “a lifeline” to...

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Finding creative solutions

Discover the work of Félix-Antoine Fortin, a scientific analyst at Calcul Québec When University of Laval Associate Professor Philippe Giguère was setting up a new course in computer science and software engineering, he called upon Fortin to fix a problem for him. He didn’t have enough computing power for the students enrolled so he thought...

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Supporting researchers

Discover the work of Richard Lefebvre, a system administrator at Calcul Québec Even before pediatric medical professor Daniel Sinnett and his team knew there was a problem with their data analysis system, Calcul Québec’s Richard Lefebvre was flagging it to them. “Richard is always proactive in supporting our research group. He regularly contacts us before a...

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Calcul Québec and R in Montreal 2018

An analyst from Calcul Québec among the 3 plenary speakers R in Montreal 2018 is a bilingual conference for users of R —  a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. 300 researchers, students, practitioners, and professionals from universities, the government, and the industry will attend this event. “The R language and...

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CANHEIT-TECC 2018

Higher education and advanced research computing: an obvious match Held from June 18 to June 21, CANHEIT-TECC is the largest gathering of Canadian campus IT leaders and advanced research computing experts. As an official partner of the event, Compute Canada is present on all fronts and several members of the Calcul Québec team are invited...

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Calcul Québec supports the Women in Physics Canada Conference

The 7th edition of the Women in Physics Canada (WIPC 2018) Conference will be held from July 17th to 20th, 2018, at Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec. Calcul Québec is a proud supporter of this event.   This renowned national conference will bring together more than a hundred members from the student community, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and professionals from the private...

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Canada’s new supercomputer niagara fuels canadian innovation and discovery

Toronto, ON (March 5, 2018) – Canada’s most powerful research supercomputer, Niagara, is now available to researchers of all disciplines across the country. Located at the University of Toronto and supported by the university’s high-performance computing division SciNet the system is open to all Canadian university researchers. Niagara is part of a system of national advanced research computing infrastructure, which...

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The Visualize This! Challenge is back!

  Are you up for the challenge? Here’s your chance to flex your creative muscles, experiment with new viz tools and win great prizes. Visualize This! is your chance to challenge your creativity, experiment with new visualization tools, and contribute to the growth of data visualization in Canada! Now in its second year, this Canada-wide competition...

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Book recommendations for Science Literacy Week

As part of the Science Literacy Week in Canada September 18-24, here are some book suggestions by the Calcul Québec staff. We obviously have a weakness for classic Sci-Fi books… perhaps supercomputers have been feeding our imagination for a long time?  Neuromancer by William Gibson – 1984 The expression “Cyberspace” comes from this book. The...

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ETS to Build New Pavilion Housing Future Calcul Québec Computing Centre

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, along with Hélène David, Quebec Minister of Higher Education, jointly announced they would be funding the construction of a new pavilion at l’École de technologie supérieure (ETS), that will house Calcul Québec’s future Advanced Research Computing Center. When that center opens, all of Calcul Québec’s hardware will be concentrated in one site....

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New National Systems Coming Online Soon – Activation of 2017 allocations slightly postponed

Delays in the commissioning of new Compute Canada systems are causing a slight postponement of the activation of 2017 ressource allocations for all systems, including Calcul Québec’s pre-2016 systems. As part of the national advanced research computing infrastructure renewal Compute Canada has undertaken, three new systems are coming online: Arbutus, a cloud system, and two general purpose clusters,...

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Registration now open for HPCS 2017

From June 5th to 9th, join us at the 2017 High Performance Computing Symposium in beautiful Kingston, Ontario. 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. This year’s conference will include keynote sessions and technical workshops designed...

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Our Researchers Honoured

Several Calcul Québec members have received honours in the past weeks. Calcul Québec is proud to support world-class researchers who’s work profits all of Québec society by allowing us to better our knowledge, improve our health and increase our well-being. Congratulations to all laureates.   An Honorary Doctorate for Claire Deschênes At its 2016 fall...

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Resource allocation competitions 2017

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...

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