Spotlight on Serving Big Science in Canada

Compute Canada supports numerous platforms and partnerships which span the country and are integral components of international networks in tracking infectious diseases, environmental monitoring, climate modelling and other globally significant areas. Furthermore, Compute Canada already provides resources for prototyping future large-scale international projects, including the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

The introduction of the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition in 2014 has promoted use of the Compute Canada platform to serve shared datasets and shared toolsets to the world. Thousands of users from around the world now access Compute Canada-supported platforms such as CANFAR, CBRAIN, GenAP, and IReceptor.

Compute Canada services are critical enablers of Big Science in Canada, including their international collaborations. Compute Canada proudly enables most MSI-funded facilities as well as other major facilities.


Compute Canada provides “Tier-2” computing and storage to the more than 150 Canadian members of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. This contribution serves the full international collaboration (more than 3,000 scientists).

Canadian Light Source

Compute Canada stores the data for Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Beamlines.

Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research

Compute Canada serves as the primary computational platform for scientists analyzing Canadian astronomy data. The data portal associated with CANFAR had more than 4,000 unique international users in 2015.


Compute Canada provides the seven largest computing platforms for the international CBRAIN project, which makes brain images and associated computational resources available to researchers around the world.


Canada’s contribution to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory includes significant compute (including GPU) and storage resources from Compute Canada.

International Human Epigenomics Consortium

Compute Canada hosts the data portal which provides high-resolution human epigenomic maps for normal and disease cell-types for this international consortium. The site had 2600 unique international visitors in 2015.


Canadian participants in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory rely on Compute Canada resources for detailed simulations.

Ocean Networks Canada

Compute Canada provides long-term storage for all ONC data.


Compute Canada supports data analysis for several major experiments at the SNOLAB underground laboratory, including the SNO+ and DEAP experiments.


Compute Canada supports data analysis for several initiatives at TRIUMF, Canada’s national lab for nuclear and particle physics, including the GRIFFIN, Tigress and PiENU experiments.

T2K / Belle 2

Compute Canada provides significant compute and storage resources in support of these two major international particle physics collaborations, based out of Japan.