What We Do

Compute Canada's mandate is to serve advanced research computing (ARC) and research data storage needs at any scale, for any discipline, for all of Canada. Compute Canada supports project scales ranging from a single faculty member, up to the largest "Big Science" projects in the country. The facility enables world-leading research in many disciplines, including digital humanities, engineering, computer science, physics, astronomy, chemistry, neuroscience, bioinformatics, and mathematics. The national platform also supports researchers from large and small research institutions from coast-to-coast, across many sectors. The diverse community needs are met through Compute Canada's delivery of services, which include traditional tightly coupled High Performance Computing (HPC), serial High Throughput Computing (HTC), cloud computing and storage, visualization and other technology solutions as required.

Compute Canada is the national advanced research computing (ARC) facility of Canada. We are a not-for-profit corporation and a federation of 37 member universities and research institutions. The 37 institutions collectively own the infrastructure and employ the 200 experts that serve researchers across the country. Compute Canada's skilled team members are themselves an essential resource for Canada, working together to help Compute Canada's users accelerate and amplify their own research achievements. The federated Compute Canada team has been assembled from long-standing institutional consortia that now participate in Compute Canada as partner Regional Organizations: ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid. Together, we support more than 10,000 researchers including more than 3,000 faculty.

Our work leading to the Nobel Prize for the SNO experiment benefited greatly from the facilities of Compute Canada. We strongly endorse Compute Canada and wish to emphasize the importance of keeping their facilities at the cutting edge of computing technology for the analysis of data from the new SNOLAB underground laboratory and for extensive simulation work necessary for the design of future experiments.
- Dr. Arthur McDonald