Spotlight on Increasing International Competitiveness

Compute Canada’s national platform allows Canadian researchers to collaborate with researchers around the world. Compute Canada users have reported collaborating with researchers in more than 100 countries. Of the approximately 3,000 documented collaborations, the four highest frequency involve researchers in the U.S. (848), France (292), Germany (187), and the U.K. (144). Major projects include ATLAS and CANFAR.


The Genetics and Genomics Analysis Platform (GenAP) project spearheaded by professor Guillaume Bourque, facilitates the distribution and analysis of high-throughput data for the Canadian life sciences research community by leveraging the CANARIE high-speed network and Compute Canada HPC resources.

Since its launch in February 2015, GenAP has had a steady growth with more than 120 users, 147 projects, and 110 applications created such as Galaxy, a tool facilitating data analysis for non-bioinformaticians. The GenAP-Galaxy applications alone have launched over 10,000 jobs on Compute Canada resources. The platform also includes a framework for advanced bioinformatics analysis pipelines that have been used to run over 11,000 jobs.

GenAP also includes web tools like the UCSC Genome Browser and the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC) Portal with an average of 2000 and 500 page views per week respectively. This hub is used by the international community to share globally-generated reference epigenomics datasets. The analytical tools developed for GenAP are examples of how Compute Canada can play a crucial role in facilitating HPC-related technology creation for advanced medical research. Besides their importance in medical research, tools like GenAP are expected to be transferable to other disciplines, such as advanced materials manufacturing, where large volumes of emerging materials property data are being mined to optimize the design of functional materials.