Building Canada’s Next Generation Federated Advanced Research Computing Platform



November 11, 2016 –  Salt Lake City, Utah – Compute Canada is leading the development of  a robust federated national advanced research computing platform. The Canada Pavilion at the SC16 Conference and Exhibit will showcase Compute Canada’s technology plan for new national hosting sites, advances in large-scale data transfer, national research data management, and federated elastic cloud computing.

Compute Canada is the national provider for advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions in Canada, serving all of Canada’s research-intensive academic institutions, with more than 10,000 researchers and their international and industry partners.   

SC16 is the largest international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis and takes place this year in Salt Lake City, Utah, this November 13th  to 18th. The pavilion will showcase examples of Canadian excellence in advanced research computing to more than 10,000 delegates.

“The key underpinning for everything we’re showcasing – data transfer, research data management and cloud computing – is our federated national high performance computing platform,” says Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer at Compute Canada. “This platform serves all disciplines and industries and their specific requirements, providing academic research computing across Canada.”

Compute Canada is hosting several displays at the Canada Pavilion including:

  • Overview of results of a live demo of the fastest academic data transfer in Canada (100Gbps) connecting internationally to SC2016 (innovative demonstrations in network testbeds, emerging network hardware, protocols, and advanced network-intensive scientific applications)
  • Cutting-edge cloud computing technology for researchers across Canada (multi-site, multi-tenant private cloud, operating primarily on commodity hardware, built on the OpenStack Platform)
  • Designing infrastructure for a national research data repository (federated storage model, scalable and single search capabilities)

“The supercomputing conference always draws an exceptional international audience and is often the first chance to learn about the technologies that are shaping the future of large-scale technical computing and data-intensive science,” says Greg Newby, Chief Technology Officer at Compute Canada. “It’s an exciting opportunity for Compute Canada to showcase our innovative Canadian solutions to this community.”

Attendees and media are invited to the Compute Canada Pavilion at booth #4430 or follow us on Twitter @ComputeCanada



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