This year, BCNET, Compute Canada and WestGrid have joined forces to co-host an information-packed event that will take place on May 1-3, 2012, at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
The three-day conference will bring together 500 delegates from post-secondary institutes across Canada, high-profile members of the Canadian and international research communities, and experts in high performance computing (HPC). This year’s event will showcase how to advance higher education teaching, learning and research by promoting innovative ways to use information technology and HPC resources.
BCNET is a not-for-profit, shared IT services organization that collaborates with its higher education members to explore and evaluate leading-edge information technology services to accelerate research, collaboration, learning and innovation. BCNET’s high-capacity, advanced fibre optic network infrastructure provides a common and powerful platform to deliver services to support research and the strategic objectives of higher education institutions. Owned, governed and funded primarily by its members and government, BCNET is guided by clear, member-defined principles that provide a framework for the types of projects or services it will undertake. Proposed services share the common goal of reducing members’ costs, minimizing technology duplication and improving efficiencies, while meeting the collective mandate of its members. Sixty-eight research and higher education institutions connect to BCNET, including federal and provincial research labs, federal cultural institutes, provincial health centres, universities and research institutions; another 72 colleges and schools connect to BCNET through the Provincial Learning Network.
The High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) is a multi-disciplinary conference that is considered Canada’s premier HPC forum. Each year, researchers, industry experts, vendors and HPC innovators from a wide variety of disciplines in both academia and industry exchange new tools, techniques and results in and for HPC computational research. This year’s HPCS 2012 event is hosted by WestGrid/Compute Canada. Compute Canada is leading the creation of a powerful national HPC platform for research. This national platform integrates HPC resources at 7 partner consortia across the country to create a dynamic computational resource. WestGrid, with 14 partner institutions spanning British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, is one of Compute Canada’s largest regional consortiums. Working in collaboration, Compute Canada and the regional HPC consortia provide for overall architecture and planning, software integration, operations and management, and coordination of user support for the national HPC platform. As a national organization, Compute Canada coordinates and promotes the use of HPC in Canadian research and works to ensure that Canadian researchers have the computational facilities and expert services necessary to advance scientific knowledge and innovation.