Thinking Forward Through the Past

A Brief History of Supercomputing in Canada and its Emerging Future

This report is to help those engaging with supercomputing to appreciate its history and how it has shaped Ontario’s ARC ecosystem. Beginning from an international history of supercomputers, to a focus in Canada, Compute Ontario documents challenges, opportunities, and future considerations for its own provincial ARC ecosystem.

Beyond Ontario’s own uses of this material, a key intent of this document is to provide those charged with the responsibility nationally in developing a new organization and to enhancing Canada’s ARC ecosystem with lessons learned and constructive advice.  We offer five key pieces of advice to ISED and the new national organization that are elaborated in the report.

Thinking Forward Through the Past:A Brief History of Supercomputing in Canada and its Emerging Future