Toronto, Ontario (January 27, 2017) — Today, Compute Ontario has been named as coordinator for the province’s strategy that will support leading researchers and help transform their discoveries into innovations that companies and entrepreneurs can bring to global markets.
The Advanced Research Computing and Big Data Strategy will support researchers by providing the technology to analyze data more comprehensively, which would help accelerate the process of discovery. Interpreting big data using advanced computing capabilities can help researchers determine a person’s risk for developing certain diseases, improve healthcare outcomes for premature babies and boost farm operations to create positive environmental impacts.
The $75 million strategy will focus on:
- Upgrading infrastructure at Ontario’s advanced research computing sites and increasing system-wide coordination.
- Developing a pool of new talent in advanced research computing and big data by helping support the development and retention of experts in this field in Ontario.
- Building on the province’s work to help investigate causes and treatments for cerebral palsy, depression, epilepsy and autism
- Spark new business growth and scale-up opportunities by helping businesses access advanced computing platforms.
“Ontario’s Advanced Research Computing and Big Data Strategy will make our province a national leader in one of the most important technology sectors of the 21st century. These investments will ensure Ontario has the people, infrastructure and systems in place to turn research questions into innovations that Ontario entrepreneurs and businesses can take to global markets.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
“We are pleased to partner with the province and co-ordinate advanced research computing in Ontario. The province’s researchers increasingly depend on advanced computing to drive innovation and enhance competitiveness in the global market place. By acting as a central hub, we’ll work with universities, colleges and hospitals to ensure Ontario’s researchers get the tools and resources they need to further their research, resulting in new discoveries.”
— Nizar Ladak, President and Chief Executive Officer, Compute Ontario
About Compute Ontario
Incorporated in 2014 as a not-for-profit organization, Compute Ontario supports advanced computing in Ontario through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Compute Ontario leads a federation of four Ontario consortia (SciNet, SHARCNET, Centre for Advanced Computing, and HPC4Health), and works with Ontario universities, colleges, research organizations, ORION, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and SOSCIP. It partners with the corresponding federal organization, Compute Canada, as well as regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Quebec and Westgrid, to plan and coordinate the supply of advanced computing for Canadian academic researchers.
Compute Ontario communications lead