WestGrid and Coast to Coast Wrap Up Another Successful Seminar Season

HPC Training

Thank you to all the organizers, speakers, and attendees of this season's WestGrid / Compute Canada and Coast to Coast Seminar Series programs.

Talks presented through these two seminar streams reached more than 600 researchers through WestGrid's partner institution videoconferencing facilities.

A full archive of each of the series' programs can be found here:

Planning has already begun for both series' Fall 2013 sessions.

WestGrid is accepting suggestions for topics and speakers for tutorials, application demonstrations, and discipline-specific talks by researchers using WestGrid / Compute Canada resources. Send your ideas and suggestions to info@westgrid.ca. Also, if you missed contributing your feedback on the Spring 2013 WestGrid Seminar Series sessions, please complete our short online survey and you will be entered into a draw for priority access to computing cycles on WestGrid systems for one month.

Missed the CCDB Renewal Deadline? Contact Compute Canada

Thank you to everyone who renewed their Compute Canada Database (CCDB) account by the April 1 deadline. All renewals have been processed to ensure user access to Compute Canada and WestGrid systems continues uninterrrupted. Users who did not renew by April 1 no longer have access to these systems as their account is now expired.

We realize some people had issues during the renewal phase and for that we apologize. If you missed the deadline and still need to renew your CCDB account, or if you renewed your account but are experiencing problems accessing systems, please contact Compute Canada or you may update your reporting information at any time by visiting: https://ccdb.computecanada.org/reporting

WestGrid Users Among 120 New Canada Research Chairs

Scientists based at three WestGrid partner institutions and currently using WestGrid resources to support their research were among 120 new Canada Research Chairs recently announced by the federal government:

  • Neil Branda - Simon Fraser University
    Canada Research Chair in Materials Science (NSERC, Tier 1 - $1,400,000)

  • Loren Rieseberg - University of British Columbia
    Canada Research Chair in Plant Evolutionary Genomics (NSERC, Tier 1 - $1,400,000)

  • Tian Tang - University of Alberta
    Canada Research Chair in Nano-Biomolecular Hybrid Materials (NSERC, Tier 2 - $500,000)

In total, the Government of Canada is providing $90.6 million in support to the newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The Canada Research Chairs program invests approximately $300 million per year toward research in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

University of Alberta Team Claims 5th Place at Computer Go Competition

MP-Fuego Prototype, a University of Alberta (UofA) computer Go team, used WestGrid computing resources to help bring home a top five finish from an international competition last month. The Sixth Computer Go UEC Cup took place on March 16 - 17 at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC) near Tokyo, Japan and hosted top programs from around the world developed to play computer Go, a popular board game born in Asia. WestGrid's Hungabee cluster was used to power the Alberta team's entry, as real-time access to massively parallel computing power was essential for their participation in the UEC Cup.

The UofA team was spearheaded by Professor Martin Müller and was developed in collaboration with Kazuki Yoshizoe, a researcher from the Japan Science and Technology Agency and a frequent visitor to the UofA. The prototype is based on the open-source Fuego project, most of which has been developed in Alberta. The prototype includes a recent new algorithm for massively parallel game tree search developed by Yoshizoe, called TDS-depth-first-UCT.

Müller said he was very pleased with MP-Fuego Prototype's performance, noting it won games against some very strong opponents.

"This gives us great initial confidence in the validity of this approach, and the possibility of creating a really strong, massively scalable system in the very near future," said Müller.

Müller maintained a blog during the competition to share recaps of MP-Fuego Prototype's results throughout the competition. Full competition results can be on the event website.

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