Events for winter/spring 2024
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Events for winter/spring 2024

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Table of Contents:   WebinarsOnline coursesIn-person schoolsOther bootcamps and workshops


BC DRI + Prairies DRI bi-weekly Research Computing webinars take place every second Tuesday at 11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central.

Jan-09Command-line image processing with ImageMagickAlex Razoumov (SFU) 
Jan-23AI-powered coding with GitHub CopilotMarie-Hélène Burle (SFU) 
Feb-20Photogrammetry on HPC clustersAlex Razoumov (SFU)
Mar-05Modern Emacs: all those new tools that make Emacs better and fasterMarie-Hélène Burle (SFU) 
Mar-19Things researchers should know before using Generative AIJillian Anderson (SFU) 
Apr-16JAX: a framework for high-performance array computingMarie-Hélène Burle (SFU) 
Apr-23Lossy data compressionAlex Razoumov (SFU)
Apr-30Julia at full tilt: profiling and optimizationsPaul Schrimpf (UBC) 
May-14DataFrames on steroids with PolarsMarie-Hélène Burle (SFU) 

Online courses

We offer weekly online sessions on advanced research computing. These sessions take place every Thursday from 10am to noon Pacific and are open to all academic researchers across Canada. Most courses span 2 weeks, although some courses may be shorter or longer.

Please note that these sessions are not recorded, as we want to encourage attendance and live interaction, and we are planning to repeat the most popular / introductory sessions throughout the year.

Introduction to HPCJan-11, Jan-18Alex Razoumov
Introduction to Apptainer containersJan-25Alex Razoumov
Parallel computing in JuliaFeb-01, Feb-08Alex Razoumov
3D scientific visualization with ParaViewFeb-22, Feb-29Alex Razoumov
Introduction to Bash command lineMar-07, Mar-14Marie-Hélène Burle and Alex Razoumov
Version control with GitMar-21Marie-Hélène Burle
Parallel computing in PythonMar-28, Apr-04Alex Razoumov
Introduction to JAX: a framework for high-performance array computing and automatic differentiationApr-11, Apr-18, Apr-25Marie-Hélène Burle
Introduction to deep learning with Flax, a neural network framework built on JAXMay-02, May-09, May-16Marie-Hélène Burle
Large-scale and remote visualizationMay-23Alex Razoumov

2024 summer school

SFU’s Research Computing 2024 Summer School will be held on June 3-7 (full week), organized in collaboration with the Institute for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology and hosted by SFU’s Big Data Hub. It is open to all academic researchers at SFU, UBC, BCIT and other local post-secondary institutions. Researchers of all levels – undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff – are welcome to register.

You can find more details including the program on the school website, and you can register here.

Note that our colleagues at UBC are organizing an in-person summer school in July (linked in the table below) that will have some courses that we do not cover at SFU.

Other bootcamps and workshops

We will be adding workshops here as they are announced at other Western Canadian universities.

Starts Jan-19Univ. of Alberta Winter BootcampOnline
Feb 12-16HSS Winter Series 2024Online
Feb 26-28Introduction to programming with Python (follow-up to the 2024 HSS Winter Series)Online
Feb 26-28Introduction to programming with R (follow-up to the 2024 HSS Winter Series)Online
Starts Apr-30Univ. of Alberta Spring BootcampOnline
Jul 8-11UBC ARC 2024 Summer SchoolWest Mall Swing Space

As always, we welcome requests for other training topics and events. Please email suggestions to training at westdri dot ca.