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A Québec quantum computer dedicated to science

Montreal, June 9, 2022 – The Minister of Economy and Innovation, Calcul Québec and Anyon Systems officially announce the upcoming arrival of a superconducting quantum computer dedicated to public research and entirely designed in Quebec. “Hosting and supporting a quantum computer will allow the research community to develop and test new quantum algorithms, while ensuring...

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Transition to the Digital Research Alliance of Canada

A message from Compute Canada As many of you will already be aware, Compute Canada is ceasing its operational responsibilities for supporting Canada’s national advanced research computing (ARC) platform on March 31, 2022, and will be shutting down entirely as a corporation later this year. This change is not expected to cause any disruption to...

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Registrations are open for our 2022 Spring School !

From May 3 to 26, Calcul Québec is offering a series of workshops in advanced research computing. These workshops will allow you to learn both theoretical and practical skills that can be directly applied to your research work. We offer an online program of several workshops during the month of May. Each workshop costs $10...

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Large-scale data transfer demo is a big win for researchers

Several leading Canadian and international organizations successfully tested large-scale data transfers at SC21, the world’s largest conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Led by a team at the Compute Canada Federation (CCF), this test demonstrated how efficient use of high-speed networks for data transfers can be achieved by leveraging partnerships and leading-edge...

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Narval: A new supercomputer dedicated to scientific research

Montréal, Decembre 14, 2021 – Calcul Québec’s Narval, the newest and most powerful supercomputer dedicated entirely to Canadian scientific research, is now available to researchers across Canada. This is a significant event as Narval is freely accessible to all academic researchers in all disciplines. With 80,000 CPU cores, 422 TB of memory and 25 PB...

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Calcul Québec at the 2021 McGill Physics Hackathon

The McGill Physics Hackathon is a friendly computer programming competition that welcomes everyone into the world of scientific computing! Over a 24-hour period, participants will have the opportunity to work on different projects which unites the physical sciences and computing. For a second year, Calcul Québec is sponsoring and supporting this event by making 12...

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Première assemblée générale annuelle de Calcul Québec

La première assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) de Calcul Québec aura lieu virtuellement le 15 novembre 2021 à 13h HAE. Elle sera suivie de la réunion des membres. Les représentants des membres universitaires et collaborateurs sont invités à assister aux deux événements en utilisant le même lien Zoom qui leur sera envoyé par courriel. Si vous...

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Upcoming Fall Workshops

I am pleased to present to you our virtual 2021 fall program. As usual, our team offers essential training courses to learn how to quickly clean your data, optimize your analysis with Python or even use compute servers . I would also like to highlight two less known but essential training courses: Data cleaning with...

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How can GenAP help you for data analysis and sharing

The GenAP team invites you to a free webinar on June 17th, 11am to 12pm (in french) and June 22nd, 11am to 12pm (in English). GenAP is a computing platform facilitating the work of researchers by offering tools such as Web applications leveraging Compute Canada resources. You should attend this webinar if you : have...

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Calcul Québec present at the annual LUG conference

Simon Guilbault, a system administrator at Calcul Québec and a member of the Compute Canada Federation, will be presenting at the 2021 Lustre User Group (LUG) conference Thursday, May 20. The annual LUG conference is the high performance computing industry’s primary venue for discussion on the open source Lustre file system and other technologies. The...

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New cloud service for researchers

Calcul Québec and the Compute Canada Federation are pleased to announce the launch of the Beluga Cloud, its new cloud service. “A cloud service provides a flexibility that is not always possible with traditional compute servers,”  explains Alain Veilleux, Lead of the Calcul Québec cloud services team. “With this addition of about 112 execution servers...

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Online Spring School 2021

From May 4 to 27, Calcul Québec is offering a series of workshops in advanced research computing. These workshops will allow you to learn both theoretical and practical skills that can be directly applied to your research work. About the school Calcul Québec’s spring school is organized every year to help graduate students, postdoctoral fellows,...

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Calcul Québec’s scientific analysts to mentor at the next McGill Physics Hackathon

  The McGill Physics Hackathon is a friendly computer programming competition that welcomes everyone into the world of scientific computing! Over a 24-hour period, participants will have the opportunity to work on different projects which unites the physical sciences and computing. Calcul Québec is sponsoring and supporting this event by making 12 nodes with 8...

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Bourses de recherche Globalink FRQNT-Mitacs 2021 : Ouverture du concours

Montréal, mardi 20 octobre 2020 – C’est avec plaisir que nous vous annonçons qu’il est possible de présenter votre candidature à Calcul Québec pour la nouvelle  bourse de recherche Globalink en partenariat entre le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) et Mitacs 2021. Ces stages ont pour objectif de favoriser la...

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Graduates’ Day !

June 19, 2020 – Graduation is an important milestone in a student’s life and for this year’s graduates, their experience was unlike anything they had imagined. The Réseau québécois pour la réussite éducative, Alloprof and Télé-Québec are joining forces to pay tribute to graduating students by declaring June 19th, 2020, Graduates’ Day! Calcul Québec and...

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A new scientific director for Calcul Québec

Montreal, June 8, 2020 – Calcul Quebec’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie-Jean Meurs as its new scientific director. Marie-Jean Meurs is an associate professor of computer science at UQAM. Her core ​​expertise is in artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on machine learning for natural language processing and big data...

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The Compute Canada Federation Celebrates Canadian Researchers Working on COVID-19

Researchers across Canada are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and many are harnessing the power of Canada’s advanced research computing (ARC) platform to do so. ARC accelerates the speed to discovery and helps researchers accomplish globally competitive, data-driven, transformative research. Research like that of Dionne Aleman, an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s faculty of...

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Support for COVID-19 research projects

The Compute Canada Federation (CCF) is pleased to be able to provide advanced research computing (ARC) support for COVID-19 focused research.   If your project is related to COVID-19 and you could benefit from compute resources and support, please reach out to us. This support could include: Providing access to cloud resources, high-performance clusters, storage...

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COVID-19 : Calcul Québec activities update as of March 27, 2020

The status of Calcul Québec’s activities have been updated. Read the press release for more details.

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COVID-19: Calcul Québec activities update

In light of the Quebec government directives announced on March 13, 2020 and our member universities’ decision to cancel their classes until March 29, Calcul Québec has decided to maintain the access to our infrastructure and our support service. However, some of our face-to-face workshops, scheduled between March 16 and March 30, are either being...

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Calcul Québec training activities and COVID-19 epidemic

Calcul Quebec is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic to ensure the safety of our staff and our research community. In the province of Quebec, only seven cases have been confirmed and no cases of local contamination have been reported at this date. In this context, Calcul Québec follows the instructions given by the Quebec...

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Visualizations Wanted: Enter the Visualize This! Challenge

The Visualize This! Challenge is back! Now in its fourth year, this Canada-wide competition celebrates the innovative ways visualization can help researchers explore datasets and answer important scientific questions. Visualize This! is a way to challenge your creativity, experiment with new visualization tools, and contribute to the growth of data visualization in Canada! Led by...

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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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10e edition of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles awards

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

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Two Researchers Elected to CQ’s Board

Montréal,

In conformity with Calcul Québec’s Statutes adopted last February, two researchers will now be sitting on the Board. The election of the two first member representatives was held by electronic means, and the results were announced during the Annual General Meeting on May 24th.  The researchers chosen by the members are professor Charles Gale, from the...

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Compute Canada Awards of Excellence

Have you thanked your local support for advanced research computing lately? Compute Canada’s mission to create and sustain world-class advanced research computing platforms accessible by researchers in all disciplines independent of resource or researcher location is made possible by Compute Canada’s 200+ team members: CC staff and regional and local support teams distributed from coast...

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New Fellowship to Promote Diversity

The Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM SIGHPC) and Intel are launching a new international program of graduate fellowships in computational and data science. The goal of this new graduate fellowship is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science,...

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Vicky Kaspi first woman to win Canada’s top science prize

For the first time this year, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada announced the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, it’s most prestigious prize, was awarded to a woman: Victoria Kaspi, astrophysics professor at McGill University. “I am profoundly thrilled and humbled to receive the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal.”...

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Briarée and Guillimin Used for Major Scientific Discovery

Calcul Québec is Thrilled by LIGO announcement Gravitational Waves Have Been Observed Calcul Québec is very excited by the amazing scientific discovery that was announced by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team. The confirmation by direct observation of the existence of gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity a hundred years ago,...

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Rise to the Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge!

Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is teaming up with Compute Canada (CC), Ontario Centres of Excellence and ThinkData Works to present the first Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge. Multidisciplinary teams lead by Social Science and Humanities researchers from Canadian post-secondary institutions are asked to answer the following question: What data, technology or...

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