History and Background of Compute Ontario

Compute Ontario is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in 2014, formed to support advanced computing in Ontario.

Compute Ontario is in its formative stages. Its early functions will include centralizing strategy and planning functions for advanced computing assets and investments in Ontario, including hardware, software, highly qualified personnel, data management, storage and security, and connectivity.

Advanced Computing in Ontario

Advanced computing in Ontario has grown over the last decade and benefits Ontario in many ways:

  • Making Ontario research institutions and researchers more competitive internationally
  • Creating opportunities for industry to collaborate in the development of Ontario’s research computing capacity
  • Creating jobs and enhancing productivity in Ontario through direct industry access to advanced computing resources.
  • A critical recruitment and retention tool for research facilities
  • Creating a vehicle for attracting top-level Masters, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows from across Canada and around the world.
  • Ongoing opportunities for training of highly qualified personnel.

Compute Ontario’s Formation

Advanced computing infrastructure is changing rapidly. Access to this infrastructure has become a key competitive differentiator for companies, research institutions (including health institutions), universities and governments.

It is an essential tool on university campuses, akin to libraries for generations and the Internet in more recent years. It is essential for research and more and more for product innovations for industries.

To address the needs of these communities, the Ontario Ministries of Economic Development and Innovation and Training, Colleges and Universities established an Expert Advisory Panel, which released its report in 2012, to develop a vision for the next generation of research computing in Ontario. Recommendations included the creation of Compute Ontario.

After consultations with stakeholders and drawing on expertise from within Ontario’s universities, industry leaders, and researchers, Compute Ontario was incorporated in March 2014.

Its five-year action plan is highlighted in the document, Compute Ontario: A Blueprint for Action 2014-15 to 2019-20. Download the document here: Compute Ontario Blueprint Action Plan.