It took less than an hour on the job to learn that I had come into a land of riches. After talking a bit about the life of a sleep-deprived new father, Jean-Francois (who I knew from my earlier days at Netera) told me about Cybera’s pilot project with school districts. Presto, the first potential news conference had presented itself. By the end of my first week, I had experienced first-hand what is clearly shaping Cybera’s reputation: complete comfort with all things advanced and technical, a positive and creative environment, and the rare and precious combination of private sector nimbleness with public sector accountability. Read more of Mary Anne's impressions as the new VP of Strategic Communications on Cybera's blog.
Cybera VP to lead Compute Canada
Compute Canada has announced that Jill Kowalchuk has been appointed Interim Executive Director of this national high-performance computing platform. She will succeed Susan Baldwin, who served as the Executive Director of Compute Canada for three years.
Kowalchuk has been seconded from her role as Executive Director of WestGrid and Vice-President, Project and Partnership Development at Cybera. She has more than a decade of experience managing interdisciplinary collaborations between academia and industry through the use of information technology.
For more information, please view the press release here.
Curious about Cloud? Join the first Canadian user group
As interest in cloud computing picks up, Cybera has been analyzing the best open source software options to help users take advantage of cloud-based services. OpenStack is one such operating system, and is coming to the fore as a popular, massively scalable cloud enabler. Cybera's staff believe that OpenStack will form a large part in future cloud developments.
With this in mind, Cybera has created the Canadian OpenStack User Group to help propel the adoption of OpenStack and cloud computing in Canada. Come join the group, or for more information, click here to read Everett Toews' post on the Tech Radar blog.
Since its first call for data on this date a year ago, the Water and Environmental Hub (WEHUB) has launched the BETA version of its cloud-based, open web platform (which makes water data more widely accessible), and is developing applications that bring this data into the palm of your hands.
As the project's first phase comes to an end this month, WEHUB continues to evolve, with its next iteration to be launched in the coming months. Stay tuned!
New staff at Cybera
David Chan recently completed his graduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Calgary. During his studies, he utilized high performance computing to investigate protein dynamics and interactions at an atomic level.
Mary Anne Moser has worked for over 20 years at the intersection of science, technology and society, sneaking in a PhD and raising triplets on the side.
At this time, Cybera is looking to hire a Network Analyst as well as a Project Coordinator, both to be based in Calgary. See the full listings here.
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