The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university attracts more than $460 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus.
CUCCIO is Canada’s community of information technology leaders in higher education, working together to help Canadian universities excel through the innovative and effective use of IT. Incorporated in 2006, CUCCIO is the result of almost 40 years of information-sharing, collaboration, knowledge creation and advocacy among provincial and regional associations of IT leaders in post-secondary education. Today, CUCCIO is a non-profit, member-funded corporation representing 57 universities Canada-wide, who collectively serve more than 95% of Canada’s university students.
CUCCIO oversees the annual Canadian Higher Education Information Technology Conference, known as CANHEIT. With a focus on IT issues of interest to Canadian universities and colleges, CANHEIT brings together staff, managers and senior administrators who are responsible for the management and evolution of their campus information systems, learning systems and digital infrastructure. CANHEIT is an open conference and anyone is welcome to attend. Attendees are not required to be a member of CUCCIO. As the only national conference for IT professionals in higher education in Canada, CANHEIT brings together IT staff from universities and colleges across Canada each year to share ideas, showcase best practices and learn from each other. Attendance at CANHEIT is open to IT professionals in higher education across Canada, whether or not their institution is a member of CUCCIO.
About Compute Canada
Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Together we provide ARC services and infrastructure for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. Our world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 35 partner universities and research institutions across the country provide direct support to research teams.
WestGrid is one of four regional organizations working in partnership with Compute Canada. WestGrid brings together advanced research computing facilities, research data management services, and a network of technical experts to serve a user community of researchers across the country. WestGrid’s users range in discipline from the sciences and engineering to arts and humanities.
As one of Compute Canada’s largest regional organizations, WestGrid works collaboratively with 15 partner institutions across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Together with the other regional organizations, WestGrid is helping Compute Canada lead the acceleration of research innovation.
The High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) is a multi-disciplinary 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.
During this symposium, members of the international scientific community will present the results of research conducted using or about advanced research computing. In the past, presentations have covered subjects such as parallel computing, big data, molecular interactions, biophysics, environmental research, theoretical and computational chemistry, genomics and biomechanics. In 2016, HPCS is being organized by Compute Canada and WestGrid.