History

history-f2Compute Ontario is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in 2014 with a mandate to coordinate advanced computing in Ontario. Although we are a new organization, our foundation is built on two decades of significant prior work by the province and the existing high performance computing consortia in Ontario. The hard work, experience and expertise of our consortia led to many very significant accomplishments.

Recognizing the importance of advanced computing infrastructure as a key competitive differentiator for companies, research institutions, universities and governments, the Ontario Ministries of Economic Development and Innovation and Training, Colleges and Universities established an Expert Advisory Panel to develop a vision for the next generation of research computing in Ontario. The panel, which included researchers and industry experts, released its report in 2012.

In 2013, a strategic framework to start up Compute Ontario was created with the guidance of a Strategic Advisory Committee. The committee brought forward the needs of stakeholders either supplying or using advanced computing. That document drew on expertise from within Ontario’s universities, industry leaders, and researchers, all of whom provided valuable insights through consultations and focus group sessions.

Compute Ontario was incorporated in March 2014 and its first five year action plan was produced Compute Ontario: A Blueprint for Action 2014-15 to 2019-20.