High Performance Computing in Ontario Carolyn Fell
High Performance Computing (HPC) in Ontario
High Performance Computing or supercomputing, uses the largest computers available to tackle the biggest problems facing science, society or industry. High Performance Computing typically involves computationally intense workloads, such as large and complex simulation models or extremely large data sets.
Super computers run by Compute Ontario’s consortia help power applications that includes global climate simulations, astrophysics and astronomy, physics, chemistry, material science, engineering, biomedical sciences and genomics.
Economists studying the stock market model the global effects of capital flow. Atmospheric scientists analyze global weather patterns. Psychologists model the brain and human memory. Bio-technologists and computational chemists design complex molecules for innovative new drugs. Engineers model blood flow in artificial hearts.
This all represents complex research that requires the analysis of petabytes of data and intricate mathematical calculations that would take years to perform on even the most sophisticated desktop computer. Using our consortia’s High Performance Computing systems, researchers can do these calculations in weeks, days or even hours.