Leading the Biggest Renewal of Canada’s Advanced Research Computing Platform
The CFI Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (Challenge 2 – Stage 1) award, announced in July 2015, is being used to address pressing and urgent needs for a technological update of Compute Canada’s national hardware platform. This $30 million federal investment with matching funds from institutions and provinces represents close to $75 million. This is replacing existing capacity only and replacing aging infrastructure.
These new systems will be larger and more capable than the older systems they replace, and will provide operational cost savings and economies of scale. These systems are expected to increase Compute Canada’s computational capacity significantly. They will be installed in four of the most sophisticated, purpose-built university data centres in Canada, and will support a range of national services that can be accessed by any Canadian researcher from any institution in any discipline, just by registering as a user with Compute Canada.