• Compute Canada's Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing (SPARC) is the only national exercise to determine the requirements of our research community. This national consultation produced our technology roadmap for 2017-22.
  • Compute Canada is successfully managing the largest renewal of Canada's advanced research computing platform. Compute Canada secured more than $30 million in federal funding for a total of approximately $75 million in capital funding (including matching from provinces and institutions). Compute Canada created a national strategy that leverages procurement expertise from all four national sites to purchase large scale national systems and storage resources. Major storage infrastructure and the first major cluster have been delivered (August 2016).
  • Compute Canada submitted a comprehensive five year operations, capital and management plan to the Canada Foundation for Innovation for its Major Science Initiatives and Cyberinfrastructure Initiative call for proposals this past June 2016.
  • The Research Support National Team is defining procedures for the new national helpdesk, part of which has been to select and implement a nationwide ticketing system that is already in active use supporting a growing range of services including Globus file transfer and account renewals.
  • The Security Council and members have approved a national privacy and data protection policy that will build a robust framework to deal with cybersecurity.
  • The four national system host institutions are each forming their own system teams with the participation of Compute Canada team members from outside each host institution, fulfilling our commitment to develop a distributed system administration and support capability that leverages the skills of staff from across the country.
  • System teams provide representatives for the national technology teams, making it possible for Compute Canada to implement a consistent national technology plan across Canada.
  • As part of the technology renewal, national procurement teams — which include representatives of the four sites and national technology teams, as well as host institution procurement officers — are applying the best expertise in the country to ensure the most value from this investment.
  • Several teams have been established to support specific disciplines in the digital humanities, bioinformatics, subatomic physics and biomolecular simulation.
  • Building on Compute Canada's support for the Portage project, we have created a research data management team, partnering with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) to build a national research data management service that can scale to the needs of Canadian researchers working with big data.
  • Compute Canada established a national partnership with Software Carpentry for the delivery of standardized training in software development across Canada.
  • Ongoing international review continues to support Compute Canada's excellence in procurement and technology planning efforts based on the multiple science cases it supports.
  • Compute Canada is the only national chapter for WomenHPC to promote diversity in high performance computing through events, networking and training, which was a key theme at this year's High Performance Computing Symposium.