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Knowledge-Sharing Sessions:

Mitacs: Building Research Partnerships with Industry and community organizations
Monday, June 20 // 11:15 – 12:15 pm
Join us to discuss the Mitacs programs, which supports collaborative research projects with non-academic partners (industry, NFPs, etc.). The session will address the value of these opportunities for growing your CV, your network, and broadening your employment options. We will discuss how to identify and approach non-academic groups, and effective ways of building these relationships, as well as constructing research projects. We will also outline the Mitacs Accelerate and Elevate programs in more detail and what we look for in a successful application.

University of Alberta Data Center Tours
Monday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 22 – check program for times
Join the University of Alberta Operations Team on a guided tour of the data centre in the General Services Building and an opportunity to have all your IT, storage and compute questions answered by our in-house experts. Meet at the main info desk to join the tour. Space is limited to 20 people and is first-come, first-served.

Advances in Cloud Computing
Tuesday, June 21 // 11:15 – 12:15 pm
This session will feature two presentations:

  • Cloud Computing for High Energy Physics Applications
    This talk reviews the motivation for using clouds in high energy physics (HEP) and highlights a University of Victoria research group’s use of a distributed cloud computing system that integrates both private and public IaaS clouds into a unified infrastructure (including Compute Canada clouds).
  • Cirrus: Building a Local Cloud for Researchers
    This talk showcases the Cirrus research cloud in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta, designed to use cloud technology to consolidate disparate clusters into a centrally managed facility.

Service Provider or Trusted Ally: The Perception of Central IT in the Current Higher Ed IT Landscape
Tuesday, June 21 // 1:15 – 2:15 pm
Higher Education Information Technology Leaders face the challenge of relevancy while aiming to demonstrate the value of central IT in their institutions with the emerging “as a service” and “on-demand” landscape. This session shares the results of a CUCCIO survey that assessed the current perception of IT within various Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Managing Controlled Data Sets in a Research Environment
Wednesday, June 22 // 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Scott Baker from the Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center shares the success of its DART (Data Access Request Tracking) project team and how it has facilitated gaining and maintaining access to restricted genomic data sets. While this is geared around experience with genomic data (including potentially personally identifiable data), many of the data security concepts apply to any data deemed sensitive from IP through to PII.

Using Analytics to Determine Action, Affect Change, and Measure Success
Wednesday, June 22 // 8:30 – 9:00 am
Many people work in an environment where the collection of data is a certainty, however opportunities to take that data and turn it into useful information are often overlooked. Members of the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus IT unit share how they found, composed and curated sources of data that resulted in the creation of powerful analytics and provided the insight necessary to direct resources in the most effective way.

What is Game Studies and How Might ARC / HPC Resources Aid It?
Wednesday, June 22 // 9:50 – 10:50 am
This presentation will draw on recent work on the language of gaming around paratextual content (Ensslin 2012; 2016) to report on the data collection, administration, and processing challenges facing types of research that might be aided by ARC / HPC methods and resources.

Geo-Pipelining Demonstration (presented by Obsidian Strategics)
Monday, June 20 – Wednesday June 22 (running throughout the conference)
Obsidian Strategics booth, Gold Sponsor area (Mezzanine outside CCIS 1-160)
One approach to scaling supercomputing performance is to harness multiple machines in data processing pipelines. In this Geo-Pipelining demonstration, a genomics data flow is streamed systolically through clusters residing in Warsaw and Poznań (Poland), Reims (France), Singapore and Edmonton with very high efficiency.