Upcoming Events

The following calendar lists upcoming events of interest to the advanced computing community in Ontario.

SOSCIP Impact 2017


View the preliminary Impact 2017 program here.
Register here for the Impact Conference.


June 05-09, 2017  Queen’s University in Kingston, ON


HPCS is Canada’s premier Advanced Research Computing (ARC) conference, bringing together top researchers from across Canada and around the world, as well as major industry partners.

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High-Throughput Biology: From Sequence to Networks

March 20-26, 2017 at Cold Spring Harbour Labs, NY

With the introduction of next generation sequencing platforms, it is becoming feasible to consider sequencing approaches to address many research projects. Now more than ever, having knowledge of the available bioinformatic resources and the informatic skills to analyze such data is critical. Learn what’s next in research trends at the  upcoming Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop Series that focuses on DNA-Seq, RNA-Seq, and pathway and network analysis. Hosted by
Applications due January 15, 2017.

Past Events

2016 Ontario Summer School on High Performance Computing

McMaster University, Hamilton ON May 30 – June 03

University of Toronto, Toronto ON July 11 – 15

University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON August 08 – 12

The Compute Ontario Summer School on High Performance and Technical Computing is an annual educational event for graduate/undergraduate students, postdocs and researchers who are engaged in a compute intensive research. Held geographically in the west, centre and east of the province of Ontario, the summer school provides attendees with the opportunity to learn and share knowledge and experience in high performance and technical computing on modern HPC platforms.

The five full day summer school offers intensive courses on a number of selected subjects, which vary by location, but are generally chosen from the following list:

  • Programming distributed systems using message passing;
  • Programming shared memory systems with threads;
  • Programming GPGPUs using CUDA;
  • Common programming languages: Modern Fortran, C/C++, R, Python, etc.;
  • MATLAB computing with Octave;
  • Debugging;
  • Visualization;
  • Cloud computing;
  • More

If you are an affiliate or collaborator with Compute Ontario and would like to add your event to the calendar, please contact us at to inform us of your event.

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June 19-22, University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB


HPCS is Canada’s premier supercomputing forum, co-hosted in 2016 by Compute Canada and WestGrid. Come visit us in the exhibit  hall!

diTHINK: a joint conference between ORION and Compute Ontario

May 26, 2016, Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, Toronto


Theme: diTHINK – digital infrastructure. digital independence. democratized innovation.

The diTHINK Conference will focus on how the technology-enabled citizen is already impacting your institutions today and the possibilities that this ever-growing wave of innovation could have on the way we learn, work and play. Speaker presentations will inspire us around the possibilities, as well as explore the fundamental challenges, while breakout sessions will allow you to shape the way we meet these challenges within particular sectors.

In Partnership

Compute Ontario and ORION are partnering to bring you a joint conference, which combines Compute Ontario Research Day 2016 (CORD2016) and the ORION THINK Conference, into one day at diTHINK. The conference will bring together Ontario’s advanced computing and high-performance computing (HPC) community with other research, education and innovation leaders in Ontario for an annual meeting of the minds.

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Save the Date, May 9 &  10, 2016 , Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario


Discovery – Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference, showcasing leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in Ontario. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence.  Audience Profile: Industry, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, scientists, researchers, students, delegations, media and government.
Expected Attendance: 3100+ Attendees, close to 500 Exhibitors

Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing Phase II (SPARC2)

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Led by Compute Canada, the Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing Phase II (SPARC2) is a consultation process to gather feedback from users and researchers on the types of investment required to enable Canada’s excellence and leadership in science and innovation.

This phase of consultation will gather feedback from researchers on community needs from 2017-2022. This will inform capital planning (technology choices), service offerings and the setting of operational priorities.

There are four ways to participate:

  1. Book an in-person consultation at universities across Canada (review the Slidedeck)
  2. Reserve an online consultation on February 3, 9 or 22.
  3. Complete a short survey
  4. Submit a white paper addressing the advanced computing and data needs of specific disciplines


Ontario Centres of Excellence Smart Computing R&D Challenge Partnering Forum

January 20, 2016, Toronto Region Board of Trade, First Canadian Place, Toronto


This by-invitation-only Forum will accelerate researchers to solve big data, simulation, modelling and other massive computing challenges. The Forum is intended to generate creative partnerships and address industry challenges across a broad range of strategic sectors.

The Forum is being held in support of the Smart Computing R&D Challenge, offered in partnership with SOSCIP and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) through  OCE’s Voucher for Industry Association R&D program funded by the Government of Ontario.

The Smart Computing R&D Challenge will provide a total of $7.5 million over two years, with $1.5 million from OCE, $3 million from NSERC and another $3 million from industry in cash and in kind. Individual projects can be up to two years in length, and receive up to $500,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.

HPCS 2015
Advanced Computing and Big Data: Driving Competitiveness and Discovery
June 17 – 19, 2015, Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec

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HPCS 2015, Canada’s foremost supercomputing conference, will be co-hosted by Compute Canada and Calcul Québec at the SGW campus of Concordia University in downtown Montreal from June 17th to June 19th 2015. As usual, the three days of the main conference will be preceded by two days of workshops and meetings on June 15th and 16th.

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June 24, 2015, St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre
150 King Street West, Garden Suite, 16th floor, Toronto, Ontario


This networking forum will bring together industry and academic researchers to explore opportunities for developing collaborative research projects. It will also include a call for Expressions of Interest for industry-academic SOSCIP collaborative projects in the areas of mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity.

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