Compute Canada Receives 2017 HPCwire Award for Top HPC Enabled Scientific Achievement


Annual HPCwire Awards Awarded to Leaders in the Global HPC Community

(From left: Greg Newby, Compute Canada’s CTO and Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire)

Denver, Colorado — November 15, 2017 — Compute Canada has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2017 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC17), in Denver, Colorado. The list of winners was revealed at the HPCwire booth at the event, and on the HPCwire website. Compute Canada was recognized with the following honor:

  • Editors’ Choice – Top HPC Enabled Scientific Achievement

The award recognized Compute Canada’s support of an international scientific collaboration. Calcul Québec, a regional partner of Compute Canada, along with the team at University of Montréal supported the development of the project for almost 10 years.

“Researchers are at the heart of Calcul Québec’s priorities”, says Suzanne Talon, Chief Executive Officer of Calcul Québec. “I am pleased to see that the support offered by Calcul Québec’s team to the University of Montreal allowed the team Paul Charbonneau is leading to answer a question that solar physicists have been asking themselves for decades.”

Scientists from CEA, CNRS, University Paris-Diderot, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Montréal simulated for the first time the Sun’s magnetic 11-year cycle using Compute Canada, GENCI and PRACE HPC (high performance computing) resources.

“We have shed light on a fundamental mechanism which determines the length of these cycles, which helps us understand the cycle itself over the long-term,” explains Antoine Strugarek, a researcher at the University of Montréal, and lead author of the report in Science.

The researchers were able to prove that the sun’s magnetic poles flip every 11 years in a cycle determined by its rotation rate and luminosity. This laid to rest the important scientific question as to whether or not the sun is much like other nearby, solar-type stars. Their answer: it is.

“We can therefore say of the Sun’s next magnetic cycle in 10 or 20 years will be intense, long or short, which helps us understand among other things what kind of satellites to put in orbit and the most favorable launch windows,” says Strugarek. (Quotes source:

The basic computational technique is called magnetohydrodynamics.

“Compute Canada was pleased to support this international collaboration and appreciates the opportunity to be part of the platform for scientific discovery by Dr. Strugarek and colleagues,” says Greg Newby, Compute Canada’s Chief Technology Officer.

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. These awards are revealed each year to kick-off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

“From innovative industry leaders to the end consumer, the HPCwire readership reaches and engages every aspect of the high performance computing community,” said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. “There is undeniable community support signified in receiving this award. Not only from the entire HPC space, but also the amplitude of industries it serves. We proudly recognize these efforts and achievements and gladly allow the voices of our readers to be heard. Our sincere congratulations to all of the winners.”