WestGrid Seminars - Fall 2008

Introduction to WestGrid and What's Coming
Presented by Jill Kowalchuk, CAO, WestGrid
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This introductory seminar is targeted at WestGrid Users including Faculty Members, Graduate students and anyone interested in WestGrid and Compute Canada. This seminar will give an overview of WestGrid's current operations. It will introduce Compute Canada and how WestGrid and all researchers fit into the national HPC landscape. The presenter will discuss WestGrid's plan for the coming years and outline high-level policies for use of WestGrid infrastructure. This seminar will also provide the opportunity for users and the HPC community to provide feedback regarding WestGrid to date.

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Introduction to HPC
Presented by Jon Johansson - University of Alberta
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

In this seminar, fundamental ideas about High Performance Computing systems are discussed, including a discussion of different architectures, who has the fastest computers and how fast they are, and how to measure the improvement in speed when using multiple processors through a "Speedup" curve. Taking advantage of multiple processors requires that serial programs are modified; we will give some general ideas of how this is done.

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Using WestGrid Systems - A QuickStart Guide for New Users
Presented by Doug Phillips - University of Calgary
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This is an introductory-level talk to help researchers get started using WestGrid. Topics include choosing a WestGrid system to use, logging in for the first time, running precompiled software orcompiling your own programs, submitting and managing batch jobs and post-processing data. The presentation is intended for new WestGrid account holders.

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Introduction to Visualization in WestGrid
Presented by Jon Johansson - University of Alberta
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

WestGrid provides a resource for scientific visualization in the form of an SGI Onyx Ultimate Vision computer with 24 processors, 14 GB of RAM and 10 graphics pipes. This machine is located at Simon Fraser University, but is available to WestGrid users from all WestGrid sites. We will discuss how to access this resource using SGI Vizserver software and then we will discuss some basics of scientific visualization using software that is available on WestGrid's visualization machine. This introductory talk is for people who would like to begin utilizing WestGrid visualization resources.

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Introduction to Collaboration in WestGrid
Presented by Todd Zimmerman - University of British Columbia Okanagan, WestGrid
Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This session is targeted at those users who want to explore the use of collaboration technologies for their research. Although this session will focus on the use of Access Grid technologies, a high-level overview of collaboration technologies will be provided to introduce collaboration technologies to the audience. Access Grid and the Access Grid infrastructure that WestGrid has created will be described in detail.

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