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May 17, 2016

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Wilfrid Laurier University will be strongly represented at diTHINK, a high-performance computing and technology conference held at the University of Toronto May 26 and organized by Compute Ontario and Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network.

Laurier’s Department of Physics and Computer Science student Dalibor Dvorski is organizing the conference. Third- and fourth-year students Vaughan Hilts, Harold Hodgins, Scott King, Rusu Morouney, and Robert Vaughan will present their high-performance computing projects at the conference.

“I was first introduced to parallel programming and high-performance computing at Laurier. After using it in my own work, I had the opportunity to present at this conference in 2013,” said Dvorski. “As the preeminent high performance computing event in the province, diTHINK is meant to bring together experts and students, at a venue where they may share and enjoy their work. It truly is a privilege to organize this conference and to see that Laurier students have continued to present their hard work at such a prestigious event.”

In addition to the Laurier student presentations, the conference will feature keynote presentations, various technology-related tracks including a preview of the latest devices and wearables, and networking sessions. One of the confirmed speakers, Mark Daley, will discuss the computing landscape and the challenges ahead for Ontario’s advanced computing and research communities.

Laurier’s strong presence is a direct result of Physics and Computer Science Professor Ilias Kotsireas’ course in parallel programming, CP331, which introduces students to supercomputers. By the end of the term, students are challenged to complete a large, supercomputer application. Hilts, Morouney, and Vaughan will present their parallel program that approximates AIXI, and Hodgins and King will present their parallel programs and visualizations of Julia sets.

“For students to be able to study CP331, take their term projects and be able to showcase them to their fellow students and experts across the province, truly enhances the students’ educational experience,” said Dvorski.

The Laurier community is welcome to attend the diTHINK conference May 26 at the University of Toronto, and to support the work of Laurier’s Physics and Computer Science students. Laurier students receive a discounted ticket price of $25.

For more information, please contact Dalibor Dvorski at


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