Scientific computing

scientific computing

National systems funded through Canada Foundation for Innovation and academic institutions offer access to compute clusters via Compute Canada. Other clusters are available through the various regional consortia as well. We offer assistance with usage of these clusters, such as how to access the systems, using or compiling your software, and how to run your programs in the most efficient way.

High-performance computing

High-performance computing (HPC) is a powerful tool in today’s research and allows for large-scale computations of complex systems, for big data analysis, or for data visualization. To achieve this, HPC systems have thousands of processors, multiple GPUs, hundreds of gigabytes of memory, and terabytes of storage available.

Parallel computing

When writing a program, by default it will be a serial program. This means a single CPU core is used. However, most computers and, in particular, HPC clusters will have multiple cores available. To access the multiple CPUs, your program needs to be designed as a parallel program. This allows it to use many CPU cores simultaneously and this cuts down processing time substantially.


Regular seminars are held on various subjects ranging from how to get started with high performance computing to more in-depth programming techniques.




April 28, 2020

Introduction to Microsoft Planner

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April 29, 2020

Introduction to Microsoft Planner (in French)


May 6, 2020

Introduction to Nvivo Watch the recording
May 19, 2020

Getting started with Nvivo (in French)

May 20, 2020

Getting started with Nvivo


May 28, 2020

Python Workshop

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June 23, 2020

SPSS Workshop (in French)

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June 24, 2020

Python Workshop

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June 29, 2020

GPU Programming

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August 19, 2020

D3.js Workshop

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August 26, 2020

Data Visualization

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September 29, 2020

Intro to High-Performance Computing

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October 21, 2020

High-performance computing with SOSCIP

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October 28, 2020

Data Security


November 18, 2020

Webscraping workshop Watch the recording
November 25, 2020

Machine Learning with PyTorch

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January 19, 2021

Intro to Office 365 

January 21, 2021

Teams for productivity 

January 20, 2021

What is Research Data Management?

February 1, 2021

Web scraping with Excel and Google Sheets

February 24, 2021 IT Services: Resources for professors


March 10, 2021 From the spreadsheet to the map: Best practices when mapping your data


March 24, 2021

Web scraping with Python

April 14, 2021 Introduction to Dataverse for data sharing



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