Mark Hughes

Long-time Compute Canada user and Queen’s professor wins Nobel Prize in Physics
Neuroinformatics Research Compute Canada Dr Stephen Stother


Dr. Stephen Strother sets up neuroinformatics frameworks to speed up the translation of imaging neuroscience for clinical studies of brain disorders  

National advanced research computing site selection results

Compute Canada and its regional partners (ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid) are pleased to announce the institutions nominated to host national advanced research computing (ARC) systems in Compute Canada’s next round of infrastructure funding. 

Canadians lead in transforming genomic data into knowledge to drive medical innovations

Compute Canada and CANARIE, two critical components of Canada’s national digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the launch of GenAP, a tool that enables Canadian researchers to easily access and use genomic data to advance our knowledge of human health and disease. 

Norman Murray

Norman Murray’s research seeks to understand galaxy, star and planet formations. His research is part of an international collaboration, which includes Berkeley and several other universities. his research is 

Dave Risk

Dave Risk is responsible for the spinoff Forerunner Research Inc, a startup company whose invention monitors carbon dioxide and other gases in soil, and sends the information to remote computers. 

Wagdi Habashi

Wagdi Habashi has created in-flight icing simulation software that is commercially available via a spin-off, Newmerical Technologies International, of which he is president. his research is focused on the 

Alan Evans

Alan Evans has reported that his spinoff, Biospective (a contract research organization that specializes in animal and human imaging), is a research outcome of Compute Canada. Dr. Evans has also 

Steven Hallam

Steven Hallam is the founder of the spinoff MetaMixis, a synthetic biology company that uses its software technology to expedite small molecule production. ith RAC support from Compute Canada, 

Nicolas Moitessier

Nicolas Moitessier created a spin-off, Molecular Forecaster Inc., a company that offers highly specialized drug design and discovery computer programs that aim to make several aspects of drug discovery faster 

Duane Cronin

Duane Cronin has filed a patent for a deformable energy-absorbing utility pole, which aims to make traffic and lighting poles safer and more stable in accidents. He is working with 

Witold Krzymien

Witold Krzymien’s research, in collaboration with TELUS, aims to make cellular networks more efficient. His work has resulted in several patents being issued. ver the past year, some of 

Gane Ka-Shu Wong

Gane Ka-Shu Wong is jointly appointed in the department of biological sciences and the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He identifies and develops novel applications made possible 

Marius Paraschivoiu

Marius Paraschivoiu is a research chair on computational fluids dynamic at Concordia. His wind turbine research, supported by Compute Canada, aimed to create engineering guidelines to maximize the power obtained 

Stephen Tullis

Stephen Tullis has created new industrial designs for the blades and valves used in the creation of wind turbines. His design improvements has increased power-generation performance by approximately 50 per 

Ghislain Deslongchamps

Ghislain Deslongchamps’s research is in computer-assisted molecular design, a field that can lead to highly potent and specific drugs. His work has yielded the inventions of Reverse-Docking, a new method 

Andrew Gerber

Andrew Gerber has developed Computational Fluid Dynamics software called EXN/Aero. It has been designed for submarine hydrodynamics and environmental ocean flows, and it is being sold by Envenio Inc, a 

Michael Bowling

Michael Bowling is behind artificial intelligence software and poker game products that have played against top poker players. His research could lead to other powerful real-world impact. ames have 

André Dieter Bandrauk

André Dieter Bandrauk, recently named Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to computational and theoretical chemistry, has pioneered a new field: attosecond science. dvances in modern 

Christopher Beaumont

Christopher Beaumont has developed a numerical model called DOUAR, which addresses three-dimensional flow problems from the area of the earth’s crust to its mantle. This model, available online, enables researchers 

Ping Liang

Ping Liang has created and made freely available software (pBWA) that can speed up large-scale analysis of personal genome data, which will lead to a better understanding of human genetics 

Robin Gras

Robin Gras has created EcoSim, a freely available simulation of a predator-prey ecosystem. It can help better understand how human behaviour can affect ecosystems by predicting possible extinctions, the invasion 

Christian Gagné

Christian Gagné aims to enable autonomic computing with the help of intelligent systems – systems that automatically learn, and whose algorithms evolve. His research has yielded two tools (SCHNAPS and 

Martin Aubé

Martin Aubé has developed a new diagnostic model, ILLUMINA, to help track and control light pollution. his research is aimed at modeling radiative transfer in the atmosphere to characterize 

Julie Forman-Kay

Julie Forman-Kay researches proteins that do not follow a fixed three-dimensional structure. The understanding of these proteins, called intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), is an important part of understanding diseases such 

Richard Marchand

Richard Marchand’s research has produced a tool called PTetra to simulate low-orbit satellite interactions with plasma. Plasma, which can be found around spacecraft, is the fourth possible state of matter 

Mallar Chakravarty

Mallar Chakravarty’s research group has developed new algorithms to help analyze large quantities of mental-health data, in the hopes of better understanding how the anatomy of the brain changes shape 

Jacques Corbeil

Jacques Corbeil’s research is specifically focused on devising massively distributed software tools for the genomics community. He has created (and maintains) a parallel DNA sequencing tool called Ray, which is 

Alain Rochefort

Alain Rochefort has created an in-house code that allows researchers in his group to conduct Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) imaging, which could lead to better performing electronics that take less 

Chris Gray

Chris Gray conducts research on an antimicrobial peptide, which is considered a strong candidate for future antibiotic replacement. His work has the potential to affect drug discovery in this area. 

Roger Melko

Roger Melko hopes to inform the design of new materials and information systems using Quantum Many Body Physics. His research has led to the development of numerous pieces of software 

Sangyong Jeon

Sangyong Jeon’s research group has created one of the most advanced hydrodynamic simulation suites of in-house software: MUSIC. This software enables multiple Canadian researchers further our understanding of Quark-Gluon Plasma, 

Paul Charbonneau

Paul Charbonneau seeks to model the sun’s cycle of magnetic activity, which will lead to a better understanding of the impacts of such activity on the environment and the communications 

Michel Côté

Michel Côté’s research has the long-term goal of creating a revolutionary superconductor (a conductor with no resistance, which would have the ability to persist with no power source) that can 

Dennis Salahub

Dennis Salahub aims to model complex systems in multiple disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology and material sciences) with the goal of using those models within complex environments to better understand how 

Mikko Karttunen

Mikko Karttunen studies small-scale interactions of biomolecules. The results of this research will enable the discovery of future drugs and therapeutic targets for many diseases. Karttunen’s research has led to 

Sergei Noskov

Sergei Noskov studies the transport across cellular membranes of ion and solute binding — a process that is not currently well understood and for which successful modelling could lead to 

Clinton Groth

Clinton Groth has developed in-house software that solves fluid dynamics and combustion problems, with the goal of better understanding combustion and leading to more fuel-efficient and green engines. he 

Peter Tieleman

Peter Tieleman conducts research in biological membranes, a field that could inform the design of drugs. He has developed a new analysis software for membrane simulations, which he has made 

Holger Hoos

Holger Hoos has developed free-to-use, state-of-the-art software that includes ParaILS: a method for parameter tuning that has been used in dozens of academic and industrial applications. he results of 

Seyed Moghadas

Seyed Moghadas’ research develops evidence-based decision models for protecting vulnerable Canadian populations from emerging infectious diseases. So far, it has yielded modelling software and a smartphone game system. his 

David Pink

David Pink is a senior research professor in Physics at St. Francis Xavier University. He started his career 40 years ago, modelling biological membranes, which he quickly determined required computer 

Michael Bowles

Michael Bowles is partnering with POS Biosciences to develop simulations that demonstrate and optimize the use of nano (very small) devices for the separation of particles based on size. These 

Michael Eikerling

Michael Eikerling is collaborating with several fuel-cell (AFCC, Ballard) and automotive (Ford, Nissan) companies to create more efficient fuel cells. esearch in my “Theoretical Chemical Physics and Electrochemical Materials 

Richard Karsten

Richard Karsten is hoping to support the establishment of a tidal-energy industry. He is conducting numerical simulations to estimate the power that could be extracted from certain sites in the 

Scott Hopkins

Scott Hopkins’ research team is collaborating with AB SCIEX to apply a search methodology for accurately calculating nanocluster properties, which could lead to the development of new materials. ur 

Eric Laurendeau

Eric Laurendeau’s research is focused on the development of algorithms to study aircraft stability and control, in collaboration with Bombardier, which is doing the validation on the project. his 

Tom Woo

Tom Woo develops new advanced materials for capturing CO2. Woo has created algorithms to virtually construct and simulate the carbon capture process in hypothetical materials, enabling him to focus on 

Luc Mongeau

Luc Mongeau’s research focuses on simulations to reduce noise emissions from aircraft engines. He has worked with several companies, including Héroux-Devtek. He also works on biosimulations for wound healing. 

Man Kong Yau

Man Kong Yau is collaborating with Hydro Quebec to improve short-term forecasts of precipitation. This work can lead to better information about the impact of events such as hurricanes on 

David Zingg

David Zingg’s research informs aircraft design by making it more fuel efficient. He is working with Bombardier, through a Green Aviation R&D Network (GARDN) initiative to make this a reality. 

Andriy Kovalenko

Andriy Kovalenko’s research group puts the application of nanotechnology to problems of high industrial importance for Canada. His work includes collaborations with Imperial Oil in the hopes of developing improved 

Luc Beaulieu

Luc Beaulieu works in medical physics, researching algorithms for the effective distribution of doses in radiotherapy (commonly used to treat cancer). He has worked with the radiotherapy company Elekta to 

Jeffrey Bergthorson

Jeffrey Bergthorson has a collaboration with Rolls Royce Canada and Pratt & Whitney to develop advanced design tools for low-emission combustors (for power-generation and aviation). ur research on the fundamental 

Yoshua Bengio

Yoshua Bengio, the NSERC-Ubisoft research chair, has developed an algorithm that has been applied in various aspects of video games: match-making, compression and generation of animations and modeling expressions on 

Chandra Veer Singh

Chandra Veer Singh focuses on the computational design of materials for sustainable energy solutions. He has worked with Pratt & Whitney Canada on the computational modelling of strengths in aerospace 

Astrophysics research Compute Canada


Dr. Alexei Razoumov creates three-dimensional numerical models of galaxy formation, supernovae and other phenomena.  

Ross Dickson Computational Computing

Computational Consulting

Ross Dickson is here to help researchers do their work faster, more effectively and more efficiently. 

Literary Criticism

Dr. Susan Brown enhances digital tools to harness the power of computers for critical literary and historical research.  

SPH visualization with volume rendering

his animation shows volume rendering of an SPH (smooth particle hydrodynamics) simulation of galaxy formation by Fabrice Durier (UVic) contaning 12 million particles, with dataset coloured by the density. The goal 

Data Storage research Compute Canada

Data Storage

Dr. Whitehead and Dr. Plumer use advanced computing to find new ways to pack more data storage into smaller spaces. 

Herzberg Medal recipient Axel Becke. (John Sherlock photo)

2014 NSERC Herzberg Medal winner

February 17, 2015 Compute Canada and ACNET provided the essential advanced research computing resources for the 2014 NSERC Herzberg Medal winner. Compute Canada would like to congratulate Dr. Axel Becke, 


Dr. Stacey Wetmore explores the reactions between DNA and various harmful chemicals to understand how DNA is damaged. 

Josef ZWANIGER Optics research


Dr. Zwanziger’s laboratory is developing new glassy materials with far-sighted implications. 

Oceanography research


Dr. Katja Fennel develops and applies realistic numerical models of the physical, chemical and biological changes occurring in coastal marine ecosystems  

Dr. Nikolas Provatas - condensed matter physics

Condensed Matter Physics

Dr. Nikolas Provatas uses computer modelling and simulations to understand how to design better materials and products from the atomic scale up.  


Dr. Rockwell’s group develops tools that make it easier for scholars to identify patterns in texts of disciplines such as history, philosophy and literature.  

Aeronautics research


Dr. Fassi Kafyeke is finding ways to manufacture planes that are quieter, lighter and more fuel efficient.  

HPCS 2015 – First call for papers

HPCS 2015, Canada’s pre-eminent forum for HPC, is now accepting Abstract Submissions ( 

Compute Canada Awards of Excellence

Compute Canada Awards of Excellence

ave you thanked your local support for advanced research computing lately? Employed by your university, or one of Compute Canada’s regional partners such as ACEnet, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario (SHARCnet, 

CFI’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative Consultations

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) recently announced its much-anticipated Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, which earmarks $30 million in two tranches for the renewal and refresh of Compute Canada’s hardware infrastructure. Compute 

Compute Canada’s Infrastructure Renewal Plan Consultations

As part of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) cyberinfrastructure initiative, Compute Canada is invited to submit a proposal on behalf of the Canadian Advanced Research Computing community. This proposal 

Big Ideas, Big Data: How genomics will change our world

enomics is the most dynamic, rapidly progressing field of science of the 21st century. But, already, the societal deliverables of this breathtaking field are moving beyond the wealth of information 

Compute Canada demonstrates to parliamentarians how Canadians are transforming science and innovation using advanced research computing

From left to right: Duane Cronin, Darren Grant, Mohhamad Qadir, Dugan O’Neil, Senator Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie, Donald Hathaway, Minister of State Ed Holder, Mark Dietrich, Guillaume Bourque and Randall Martin. Click 

Compute Canada awards more than $71 million in advanced computing competition to support world-class innovation and research

Spanning nearly every aspect of society — from designing new jet airplanes to treating diseases — advanced research computing is the backbone for research, discovery and innovation. Compute Canada supports world-class research, ranging from answering the profound questions of the universe to designing better automobiles. 

HPCS 2015 – Save The Date!

HPCS 2015, hosted by Calcul Québec and Compute Canada will be held at the Sir George Williams Campus of Concordia University, in Montréal, from June 15th to June 19th, 2015. Save 

Compute Canada Resource Opportunities 2015

Compute Canada is proud to announce the new Resource Allocation Opportunities for 2015. Compute Canada’s Advanced Research Computing (ARC) resources are accessible to researchers at Canadian academic institutions and may 

HPCS 2014: Accelerating Discovery Through HPC

From June 25 to 27, 2014, Canadian and international researchers across six disciplines will be talking about their discoveries using High Performance Computing (HPC) as part of HPCS 2014. Co‐hosted this 

2014 Ontario Summer School on High Performance Computing

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, May 26-30 University of Toronto, Toronto, June 9-13 Carleton University, Ottawa, July 7-11 (Registration opening soon) The Ontario Summer School on High Performance and Technical Computing is an 

Compute Canada & CANARIE Response to TC3+ Consultation Paper: “Capitalizing on Big Data: Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada”

In October 2013, Canada’s federal research granting agencies — the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health