(March 20 " Thunder Bay, ON)
scientists boldly went where no man has gone before.
Attendees of the Lakehead/TBRRI/SHARCNET Joint Symposium 2012 entered the realm of high-performance computing as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of SHARCNET.
What is SHARCNET you might ask? SHARCNET stands for Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network and is a consortium of 17 Ontario universities and research institutes.
Researchers from Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) are exploring strange new worlds and making discoveries in chemistry, biology, geology, physics, and the health sciences using SHARCNET technology.
"This powerful network of super computers
and their consultants are an essential component of the research infrastructure
at Lakehead University," says Physics professor and symposium organizer Dr.
This year's celebrations were the perfect forum for those with inquiring minds. Participants were beamed up to the Lakehead University Virtual Reality Environment (LUVRE), which features a SHARCNET work station and technical support.
During Dr. Wely Floriano's bioinformatics seminar, participants donned 3D glasses and entered LUVRE's surround-sound system " a fully immersive space with exciting simulations and concept visualizations on an 8 x 31 foot, 150-degree curved laser calibrated screen.
"LUVRE provides indispensable 3D visualization tools," says Dr. Linhananta. "Geologists and geographers, for example, use it to map terrain, engineers to design vehicles and aircrafts, and biochemists to design drugs that bind to the receptors of viruses."
Other highlights of the day included a talk by SHARCNET Scientific Director Dr. Hugh Couchman about breakthroughs SHARCNET has facilitated and how it is attracting the best students and faculty to its member institutions.
Even Captain Kirk would have been impressed.
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