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  • Sexton Campus, Building B, from about 8:00am to 9:00am on Monday and Tuesday (tutorials only)
  • Westin Nova Scotian Hotel lobby from 2:00-5:00pm on Tuesday, and thereafter outside the Atlantic Ballroom in the Westin

Special Events

HPCS brings together a unique mix of researchers, service providers, thought leaders, and industry. We have a great line-up of special events to take advantage of this opportunity. Make sure to check out the pre-conference tutorials and workshops, the Academic-Industry Dialogue on Big Data, and the Digital Nova Scotia TECH Lounge. Compute Canada staff, don’t forget to register for the TECC Summit.

Pre-Symposium Tutorials

Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24

Tutorials will take place on Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University in Building B at 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS. Here is an overview of our currently planned sessions:

  • GPFS by IBM
  • Building an HPC System for Genomics by Xyratex and Calcul Quebec
  • Lustre Tuning & Measurement by Xyratex
  • ActiveFolders: Wide-Area Data Syncing and Transfer by Paul Lu
  • GPU Programming by Isaac Ye
  • Parallel MATLAB by Mathworks
  • Programming with OpenMP & MPI by Hartmut Schmider
  • Scientific Visualization With Paraview by Alex Razoumov
  • Globus for Research Data Management by Steve Tuecke
  • Parallel Debugging and Profiling with the Allinea Unified Environment by Allinea

Register for Tutorials here.

Pre-Symposium Research Workshop: Academic-Industry Dialogue on Big Data Analytics

Tuesday, June 24th, 3:30-6:00pm

Sponsored by NSERC, this adjunct to the conference brings together researchers and industry in what promises to be a lively panel discussion around the opportunities and challenges facing industry for Big Data. Industry panelists from JD Irving, T4G, Analyze RE and will table industry concerns and challenges to which academic representatives Andrew Rau-Chaplin (Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Risk Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University), Stan Matwin (Director of the Institute for Big Data Analytics, Dalhousie University) and Frank Dehne (Fellow of the IBM Centre For Advanced Studies Canada, Business Intelligence and Business Analytics section, Carleton University) will respond. A general discussion and networking opportunities will follow. Open to non-conference registrants.

Register for the Research Workshop here.

Compute Canada TECC Summit

Tuesday, June 24

Also planned for June 24 is a Compute Canada TECC Summit (Technical Experts in Compute Canada), the twice-annual meeting of Compute Canada staff to discuss best practices, new initiatives, and national cooperation in the delivery of advanced computing. This meeting is being organized by Compute Canada and chaired by Rob Simmonds. The agenda can be found here. Login is required to access.

Register via the internal Compute Canada registration link. Email for more information.

HPCS 2014 Opening Reception

Tuesday, June 24th, 6:00-8:00pm

Featuring live entertainment with an Atlantic Canadian flavour, join us as attendees and sponsors mingle and enjoy some local wine, beer and cuisine during this casual gathering. Bring your appetite!

Compute Canada Townhall

Thursday, June 26, 3:15-4:15pm

An informal meeting for Compute Canada’s researchers and extended user community to discuss emerging issues on advanced research computing including the CFI cyberinfrastructure initiative and Compute Canada’s Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing (SPARC). President and CEO, Mark Dietrich and Chief Scientific Officer, Dugan O’Neil will seek feedback on Compute Canada’s services and how they can be improved to enable your research. As the national platform for advanced research computing in Canada, Compute Canada senior leaders need to ensure its investments and services include both specific and common requirements for its researchers. This is your opportunity to have an impact on future planning and voice your thoughts on all things Compute Canada.

Digital Nova Scotia TECH Lounge

Thursday, June 26, 3:15-5:15pm

Hosted by Digital Nova Scotia, join our HPCS 2014 sponsors in the Atlantic Ballroom for a TECH Lounge. Industry stakeholders, career seekers and students are encouraged to attend and participate in this informal networking and career connection session. Opening remarks from Digital Nova Scotia and its partners will begin at 3:15 p.m on June 26. Enjoy light refreshments and connect with your digital community!

Register for the Digital Nova Scotia TECH Lounge here. Registration is also open to those not attending the rest of the HPCS conference.

Poster Session

Thursday, June 26th, 4:15-5:25pm

Submitted by students, post-docs, researchers and others, HPCS 2014 will be showcasing numerous posters illustrating applications of HPC across science and other disciplines. Contributors will be on-hand to answer questions about their findings and a draw will take place during the session. Prizes for best posters will be awarded at the Gala Dinner, with first prize an Nvidia GPU!

You can find the list of posters presented at the conference here.

HPCS 2014 Gala Dinner

Thursday, June 26th, 6:30-10:00pm

The signature event of the conference, the Gala Dinner features a three-course epicurean dinner with lively and light-hearted local entertainment from Sons of Maxwell. Join us on the Mezzanine at 6:30pm for pre-dinner cocktails. Semi-formal attire.

Digital Infrastructure Leadership Council (DILC): Panel Discussion

Friday, June 27, 8:15-9:00am

This session will provide an update from the DILC and the key outcomes of the National Digital Infrastructure Summit held in January 2014. A brief presentation summarizing various topics including: the challenges of the present digital infrastructure (DI) ecosystem, the implications of the proposed changes to tri-council policies for researchers and institutions and the preliminary results of recent pilot projects.

HP ecoPOD Data Center

This mobile data center will be on hand for the conference. A fraction of the energy used in brick & mortar data centers with 10x the IT capacity – check it out and be sure to take a tour!