NCSA and Compute Ontario Announce Partnership to Promote Advanced Research Computing (ARC)

Leveraging supercomputing assets to achieve common goals

TORONTO, May 27, 2020 – The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Compute Ontario (CO) are forming a new strategic partnership to promote advanced research computing (ARC) and its use, and achieving common goals.

Both organizations leverage the power of supercomputing and its resources to enable digital transformation, research and innovation to solve societal challenges. This partnership will focus on achieving goals of mutual strategic importance in critical areas such as the development of a highly-skilled technology workforce, collaboration on outreach to the broader ARC community, and information and expertise sharing, among others.

Brendan McGinty, Director of Industry, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, adds “NCSA and Compute Ontario are two organizations that have vast experience with addressing significant global challenges by leveraging advanced computing resources. Aligning our expertise with one another enables us to further advance research and mutual innovative efforts. As neighboring countries, it is our pleasure to collaborate internationally with the excellence that resides within CO. We look forward to a long and globally beneficial partnership.”

Nizar Ladak, President & CEO, Compute Ontario, adds “We at Compute Ontario are firm believers in the power of collaboration to enable research and innovation. We are honoured to work with NCSA and its team to achieve our common goals in areas of supercomputing, development of a highly qualified workforce, and promoting research and innovation. Both organizations work as a focal point for their respective ecosystems, and together, we hope to leverage our resources to continue to solve societal challenges at an accelerated rate and reduce redundancies.”


The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one-third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.


About Compute Ontario

Compute Ontario (CO) is an independent not-for-profit advisor and collaborating organization for advanced research computing (ARC) within the province, and at the federal level. Formed in 2014, CO works as a network hub, creating partnerships between government, academia, industry and other stakeholders.  Learn more at

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