ESRI User Conference to held in Saskatoon

ESRI, the makers of the ArcGIS software, is holding their user conference in Saskatoon on the 16th of September. There are early bird rates available until September 5. Details are available on the conference web site.

Attendees normally pay ~$150. However, the fee for educators/students is $35, which includes a hot lunch and reception. Please note that a valid U of S ID is required to qualify for the reduced rate.

If you are available to present your work (e.g., posters) to the GIS community, please contact André Piasta at apiasta@esri.ca

After you click “Register Now” on the conference site, on the registration page you can select Educator/Student as “attendee type” which should trigger the reduced rate.

Should you have any questions, please contact André Piasta at apiasta@esri.ca.

Access to Schlumberger geoscientific software now possible

The UofS was recently awarded a software grant by Schlumberger (SLB) which provides for access to the PETREL suite of geoscientific software. SLB is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technology and services into the oil and gas exploration/production industry. Included in this grant is the entire ECLIPSE suite for reservoir modeling. This software is recognized as the premier leading edge environment for fluid flow modeling in this specific discipline. To facilitate a broader license provisioning to teaching labs and researchers across/off campus, a new dedicated server (geolicense.usask.ca) has been established to deliver the multiple licenses available. This new license server will be used for other related software systems in the future. For more information contact us at research_computing@usask.ca.

Charges to use DataShare eliminated

As part of our program to support good research data management, charges for Datashare (our research data storage and file sharing platform) have been dropped. This makes the spectrum of services for data storage consistently free for researchers:

Other parts of our research data management services in early stages include:

  • Researcher personal computer backups  (currently in testing phase)
  • Research data security guidelines and tools (in development)
  • Research data management planning

Big Data Driving Evolution of HPC

Over at Scientific Computing’s blog, Gord Sissons of IBM makes an interesting case that the availability of large amounts of inexpensive storage has started to drive the evolution of HPC, much as cheap computing has changed the HPC scene over the last few decades.

“HPC is changing again, and the catalyst this time around is Big Data. As storage becomes more cost-effective, and we acquire the means to electronically gather more data faster than ever before, data architectures are being re-considered once again. What happened to compute over two decades ago is happening today with storage.”

Read the full post here.