www.westgrid.caWestGrid News: April 2018

Time to celebrate our ARC support heroes 

The Compute Canada Awards of Excellence program is now accepting nominations to recognize and celebrate the technical experts who help Canada's research community achieve bigger, better and faster results.

Since the program's launch in 2015, each year we've had multiple team members in Western Canada either win or be nominated for awards. Of course I'm proud of what that says about our team's commitment to supporting researchers, but I'm also pleased about what it says of the community we serve, that its members take the time to let these often unsung heroes know their efforts are appreciated. It truly is the mark of a strong and collaborative relationship.

So think back over the last 12 months....has someone gone above and beyond the call of duty to help you submit a publication or meet a project deadline? Did they create a tool or service that removed barriers in your work? Or enable a unique cross-Canada or international collaboration?

If any member of our team has had a significant impact on your research program, please consider nominating them for an award. The deadline is May 1, 2018 and it only takes a few minutes to complete the online nomination form. All nominees will be recognized with a letter of congratulations and the final winners will be announced June 20, 2018 at CANHEIT-TECC 2018. Thank you in advance for helping celebrate these valued members of the advanced research computing community.

Lindsay Sill, Chief Executive Officer, WestGrid

Compute Canada Account Renewals

Reminder: All Compute Canada accounts must be renewed before midnight (Eastern Time) April 23, 2018. Account renewals are essential to collect information required by our funders and to deactivate accounts that are no longer in use. Note: Compute Canada accounts created after January 1, 2018 do not need to renew at this time. All faculty, including adjunct faculty, must submit a Canadian Common CV (CCV) or update an existing CCV with any publications enabled by Compute Canada resources.


Orcinus Availalble Until Mar 31, 2019

Orcinus will continue to run for an additional year thanks to an extension of operational funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and support from the University of British Columbia. Orcinus' new defunding date is March 31, 2019. WestGrid greatly appreciates this extension of support as the demand for access to research computing resources continues to grow each year. Orcinus is available through Compute Canada's Rapid Access Service and questions can be sent to WestGrid Support.


Webinars & Events

April 11
Bioinformatics Series: Designing variant databases

May 16 - 18
Research Computing Tutorials @ UNBC

June 18 - 21


WestGrid is seeking a Senior Developer to work on various projects supporting Compute Canada's research platform.


Meet Julie Faure-Lacroix, computing superhero

“If there’s a need for computing power to do research, I can probably help.”

Julie Faure-Lacroix, a bright-eyed young woman from Laval University, is talking about her job at Calcul Québec, a regional partner of Compute Canada.

Although she never says it herself, it’s clear she’s a bit of an academic’s superhero, coming to the computing rescue just when researchers think their hopes for a project have been dashed. As a scientific liaison agent, her job is to reach out to academic researchers to show them how high-powered computing can help them.

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