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Compute Canada offers a range of training events and sessions targeted at helping its computational science research community use Compute Canada resources.

Compute Canada’s High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) is a multi­disciplinary conference that is considered Canada’s premier supercomputing forum. Each year, Canadian and international researchers in all fields of engineering, applied sciences, medicine and life sciences, mathematics and humanities, analysts, and IT professionals from academia and industry gather to exchange the ideas, tools, and new discoveries that are driving today’s innovations in computational research.

International HPC Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences
The International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences is an advanced summer school on High Performance Computing which targets graduate students and postdocs who already have some experience in HPC parallel programming (for instance, MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA/OpenCL), preferably on software used in successful research projects. The summer school is sponsored by Compute Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) with funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS).

Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI)
Held at the University of Victoria each year, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) is the largest gathering of people within the DH community, supporting each other through training courses drawn from within its membership. Compute Canada sponsored the 2015 event and offered a unique scholarship competition: two pairs of scholarships where one member of each application was to come from the research community and one from the Compute Canada support community. Also, John Simpson, Compute Canada’s Digital Humanities Specialist, taught the Programming Fundamentals course and offered an un-conference session on Compute Canada and a workshop on getting started with our cloud tools. DHSI 2016 will see three additional course offerings from Compute Canada: Big Data for DH, Cloud for DH, and Scienctific Visualization for DH.

Software Carpentry Training
Software Carpentry is a volunteer organization whose goal is to make scientists more productive, and their work more reliable, by teaching them basic computing skills. Founded in 1998, it runs short, intensive workshops that cover program design, version control, testing, and task automation. Compute Canada has entered into a partnership with Software Carpentry to offer 20 Software Carpentry training events a year across the country. These workshops are a hands-on combination of instruction and programming, typically two days long, that cover the core skills needed to be productive in a small research team.

Regional Training
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