www.westgrid.caWestGrid News: July 2017

New National Systems Now Available for Testing Use

Compute Canada’s newest national systems -- Cedar and Graham -- are now available for testing use by researchers.

Note: The System Teams appreciate your patience as ongoing testing and component installations will continue over the next few weeks.

LIVE DEMO: Intro to Cedar July 12
Join WestGrid Support Staff for a virtual walk-though of Cedar as part of our Town Hall on July 12 at 10:00 am Pacific. We will demonstrate how to log in, explore the file systems, compile basic programs, work with modules, use the SLURM scheduler, and more. REGISTER HERE.

GETTING STARTED: Login Details & Mini-Webinars
The Compute Canada Documentation Wiki will be your go-to reference centre for step-by-step instructions and documentation about the new systems. We've compiled the top links and tips here. If you prefer video tutorials, check out this introductory mini-webinar series.

Contact for all national system questions and support requests.

RAC 2017

All remaining Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) 2017 allocations were implemented on June 30, 2017. Please note, due to complex configurations required for the mix of schedulers on the new and legacy systems, some jobs may fail. If you have any issues with current jobs terminating or new jobs failing to start, please email

Breezy & Lattice Migration

This is a reminder to users of Breezy and Lattice that these two systems will not be available after August 31, 2017.  Please refer to the Compute Canada Documentation Wiki for instructions on how to move your data and compute use off these systems. If you need additional help, email


Seminars & Events

Saskatoon Research Computing Summer School

Still time to register....

WestGrid and the University of Saskatchewan are co-hosting a Research Computing Summer School from July 24-27.

This event is intended for researchers and individuals interested in building their knowledge and skills of tools and techniques used for computational research.

Courses will explore introductory and advanced topics in:
  • High performance computing (HPC)
  • Parallel programming in Chapel
  • Scientific computing with PETSc
  • HPC in Material Science
  • GPU programming
  • HPC in Bioinformatics
  • Scientific visualization
  • ... and more!
Researchers from any institution and members of the public are welcome to register.

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