About Compute Ontario
As a central hub, Compute Ontario has a pivotal role in the province’s Advanced Research Computing and Big Data Strategy. Our consortia provide access to comprehensive Advanced Research Computing resources, including High Performance Computing or super computers – the largest and most powerful computers and networks, designed to solve the world’s most complex problems.
We collaborate with our partners to centralize strategy and planning for Ontario’s advanced computing assets, including hardware, software, data management, storage, security, connectivity and Highly Qualified Personnel. Together, we strive to address concerns about Ontario’s capacity to supply advanced computing at the level required for leading research and enabling industrial competitiveness.
Our vision, mission and values describe who we are and what we believe as an organization. They guide the relationships we build with our partners and the approach we take towards the work we do.
In collaboration with its partners, Compute Ontario will further position Ontario as the global leader in advanced computing and the global focal point for highly qualified personnel.
Compute Ontario will drive advanced computing to accelerate research and enhance competitiveness in the global marketplace, for a more prosperous Ontario.
The organization will strive to be trusted by researchers, industry and institutions. It will strive to preserve integrity in research. It will be regarded as vendor-neutral. It will provide credible advice and information that is accurate, timely and relevant. It will protect privacy. It will create a secure and predictable environment to foster research in Ontario and to support Ontario’s business.
Compute Ontario will seek to provide value for money to Ontario residents. Its decisions will be transparent, and clear, and the organization will take responsibility for its actions.
The organization will promote excellence in research in Ontario and excellence in commercialization of products in Ontario’s companies though the use of advanced computing. The organization strives for excellence in its own activities and will promote Ontario as a global leader in advanced computing.
Compute Ontario will work to bring partners and stakeholders together, to work towards common goals, enhancing the role of advanced computing for all partners. The organization exists to serve a number of stakeholder groups. It will strive to provide a place for research and industry to interact. It will serve as a resource for research and for industries in Ontario. The organization will work to form partnerships and alliances within the advanced computing community. The organization can only succeed with its partners.
The organization will be able to respond to the rapidly changing nature of advanced computing. It will be, agile, and able to adapt as needed to provide quality outputs in a streamlined fashion.
The History of Compute Ontario
Compute 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.