HPCS 2014: Accelerating Discovery Through HPC


From June 25 to 27, 2014, Canadian and international researchers across six disciplines will be talking about their discoveries using High Performance Computing (HPC) as part of HPCS 2014. Co‐hosted this year by Compute Canada and its Atlantic Canadian regional partner, ACEnet, the annual High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) is Canada’s largest national forum for discussing advanced computing applications in research. This year’s symposium is being held at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, NS.

Six conference streams are planned under the umbrella theme of HPC Serving Society. These are:

  • Computational Chemistry
  • Computational Materials Chemistry
  • Big Data & Analytics; Bioinformatics
  • Ocean Modelling & Climate Change
  • Oil & Gas Reservoir Modelling

Plenary speakers include:

  • Gilbert Brunet from the UK Meteorological Office (Ocean Modelling & Climate Change)
  • Frank Dehne and Ashkan Golshani from Carleton University (Bioinformatics)
  • Axel Becke from Dalhousie University (Computational Chemistry)
  • Nikolas Provatas from McGill University (Computational Materials Chemistry)
  • K. Sampath from Hibernia Management & Development (Oil & Gas Reservoir Modelling)

These plenaries will be followed by parallel sessions that include Invited Talks by key speakers, Contributed Talks that have been selected through a submission process, several sessions around data visualization rooms, and a Technology & Infrastructure section. A full conference schedule is now online.

HPCS 2014 will also include a panel discussion by Canada’s Digital Infrastructure Leadership Council, a session on HPC usage in industry, a Poster Session and a TECH Lounge, where industry and career-­‐seekers can mingle. Two days of technical tutorials for HPC practitioners will precede the main conference.

The conference is made possible through the support of a number of sponsors, including Data Direct Networks, IBM, HP, Xyratex, CANARIE, and Bell Aliant.

Full details of the conference, as well as speaker bios, topics and other information can be found on the HPCS 2014 website at http://2014.hpcs.ca. Follow HPCS 2014 on Twitter at @HPCS2014.

WHAT: HPCS 2014 — Canada’s largest advanced computing research conference
WHEN: June 25th to 27th, 2014
WHERE: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, Nova Scotia
WHO: Canadian and international researchers, industry representatives, government agencies
WHY: Accelerating discovery through HPC

More Information:

Michele Fash
Marketing & Business Development Manager

Web: www.acceleratediscovery.ca
About the High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS):
Now in its 28th year, HPCS is a multidisciplinary conference where computational researchers from all disciplines, industry, government, HPC practitioners and vendors exchange new tools, techniques and discoveries.

About High Performance Computing: 
High Performance Computing (HPC) involves a cluster of computers working together to solve scientific, engineering, business or data analysis problems that are too large or complex for any single computer. Used by researchers, governments and industry, HPC can remove years from timelines for research or product innovation and makes new types of analysis and problem solving possible. HPC is a rapidly-­‐growing combination of hardware, software and skills that is advancing Canada’s expertise and capabilities in science and technology, with resulting benefits for both economic development and society at large. The availability and quality of HPC services is critical to attracting top research talent in Québec.

About Compute Canada: 
Compute Canada is the umbrella organization responsible for High Performance Computing in Canada. Within Compute Canada, there are four regional partners: ACEnet; Calcul Quebec; Compute Ontario; and WestGrid. Working in collaboration, Compute Canada and the regional HPC consortia provide for the overall architecture and planning, software integration, operations and management, and coordination of user support for the national HPC platform. As the national HPC 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.

About the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet)
Established in 2006, the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) is a consortium of Atlantic Canadian Universities that provides researchers with both regionally-­‐based and through Compute Canada, access to national High Performance Computing (HPC) resources. ACEnet is a partner consortium with Compute Canada.