Learn how AI can accelerate HPC simulations by introducing the concepts of Deep Neural Networks, including data pre-processing, and techniques on how to build, compare and improve accuracy of deep learning models. This bootcamp will introduce real-world problems, where participants learn AI concepts with step-by-step instructions and apply the taught solution using learned techniques.

This event is open to all students and is an opportunity to explore SFU’s Supercomputer Cedar infrastructure. Learn how SFU’s world leading experts can help guide you on your big data journey and harness Cedar for your own research breakthroughs.

Supercomputer Cedar is Canada’s greenest supercomputer for its power efficiency and is in the top 100 in the world for the most powerful GPUs. Cedar is one of five national systems Compute Canada has deployed as part of one of the biggest advanced research computing renewals in Canada’s history.

Simon Fraser University is Canada’s top comprehensive university according to Maclean’s Magazine’s 2021 university rankings. This distinction reflects SFU’s commitment to innovative education, world class research, and deep engagement with our communities, locally and internationally. As Canada’s engaged university, SFU invites international collaboration to address global problems using advances in big data and AI to create innovative and equitable solutions.

Event Format 

The bootcamp will be hosted online in the pacific time zone. All communication will be done through Zoom, Slack and email. 


Basic experience with Python. No GPU programming or AI knowledge is required.
This event has limited capacity, so please make sure that prerequisites are met before applying. You will be receiving an acceptance email with details on how to participate by November 2, 2020.  

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Day 1 (Intro): November 4, 2020

  • Welcome (Moderator): 9:00 AM PDT
  • Connecting to a cluster: 9:15AM - 9:30 AM PDT
  • Introduction to GPU computing: 9:30AM - 10:00AM PDT (Lecture)
  • Introduction to AI: 10:00AM - 11:00AM PDT (Lecture)
  • CNN Primer and Keras 101: 11:00AM - 12:00PM PDT (Lecture and Lab)

Day 2 (Advanced): November 5, 2020

  • Tropical cycle detection: 9:00AM - 10:30AM PDT (Lab + Challenge)
  • Break 10:30-10:45AM PDT
  • Steady Flow Estimation 10:45AM - 12:15PM (Challenge) 

Compute Resources

Participants will have access to Simon Fraser University's Supercomputer Cedar which is one of the most powerful academic supercomputers in Canada. Cedar provides the scale and capacity that is paving the way for new research breakthroughs.

Cedar provides the computing power Canadian researchers need to achieve transformational innovations that directly benefit Canadians. Just some of these include personalized medicine for better patient care, green technologies to help fight climate change and artificial intelligence research that will contribute to the Canadian economy. 

Cedar is one of five national systems Compute Canada has deployed as part of one of the biggest advanced research computing renewals in Canada’s history.  https://www.sfu.ca/research/supercomputer-cedar 

Event Focus

Important Event Dates

  • Applications Close
  • Simon Fraser University’s AI for Science Bootcamp Day 1
  • Simon Fraser University’s AI for Science Bootcamp Day 2