Spotlight on Compute Canada's Unique
Pan-Canadian Expert Team
The more than 200 Compute Canada experts are critical to operation of the platform and support of the researchers who use it. Approximately half of this team have graduate degrees and research backgrounds. The majority of team members have degrees in computer science, engineering or physics. There are a growing number of team members with backgrounds in life sciences, as well as targeted new hires in humanities.
Compute Canada provides a structure through which local experts from campuses across the country can share knowledge and work to solve common problems. Several national technical teams have been formed to work on cross-cutting topics such as storage, networking, monitoring, help desk, national platforms, and cloud operations. Recently, Compute Canada has also formed several national disciplinary support teams in digital humanities, biomolecular simulation, subatomic physics and bioinformatics. These disciplinary teams are involved in community outreach, documentation and creation of common technical solutions for various disciplinary use-cases.
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Compute Canada uses the Slack communication tool that is quickly becoming the standard for IT work. This app is now used to connect more than 200 experts employed in institutions across the country with their regions, national teams, and the Compute Canada national team. Since the launch in January 2016, there have been close to 73,000 exchanges online between regions, experts at institutions, and Compute Canada national staff.