The largest providers of advanced research computing in Ontario are four consortia hosted by Ontario universities:
HPC4Health – The Hospital for Sick Children and the University Health Network. The HPC4Health’s mission is to make high-performance computing accessible to health-care providers. Together we are building the engine that will help make personalized medicine and diagnostics a reality.
Centre for Advanced Computing at Queen’s University (formerly HPCVL) is a consortium comprised of Queen’s University, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and the Royal Military College of Canada, specializing in secure, advanced computing resources and support for academic and medical researchers.
SHARCNET (consortia led by Western University) is a consortium of 18 colleges, universities and research institutes operating a network of high-performance computer clusters across south western, central and northern Ontario.
SciNet (consortia led by University of Toronto): is Canada’s largest supercomputer centre, providing Canadian researchers with computational resources and expertise necessary to perform their research on scales not previously possible in Canada.
SOSCIP (consortia led by Western University and University of Toronto): a research and development consortium established in April 2012 which pairs academic and industry researchers with advanced computing tools to fuel innovation leadership in Canada. Eleven universities, IBM Canada and OCE are included in the consortium members.
Collaborators and Affiliates
Compute Ontario serves a wide range of research organizations which have significant Advanced Computing expertise, and/or are heavy users of Advanced Computing.
- OBI – The Ontario Brain Institute
- OGI – The Ontario Genomics Institute
- OICR – The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Compute Ontario also collaborates closely with organizations that support the Research and Innovation sector including:
Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research innovation by effectively, efficiently and sustainably deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Compute Canada provides essential ARC services and infrastructure for all Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. Compute Canada works with a world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 35 partner universities and research institutions across the country to provide direct support to research teams. Compute Canada is a proud ambassador for Canadian excellence in advanced research computing nationally and internationally.
Compute Ontario is the largest of four regional advanced computing consortia that are partners in Compute/Calcul Canada, the national advanced research computing platform.
Compute Ontario’s regional partner consortia are:
- ACEnet – The Atlantic Computational Excellence Network is a consortium of Atlantic Canadian Universities
- Calcul Québec – a research consortium consisting of all Quebec universities and colleges
- Westgrid – encompasses 15 partner institutions across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba