Compute Canada Applauds $572.5 Million Investment in Digital Research Infrastructure


Toronto, ON – Feb 27, 2018 – Compute Canada applauds the federal government for its budget announcement today that will provide a critical investment of $572.5 million over five years to implement a Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Strategy. This strategy will ensure that Canadian researchers have access to the advanced research computing (ARC) infrastructure and services that they need to help drive Canada’s future economic and social prosperity.

“We thank the federal government for their leadership and commitment to supporting ARC, which is essential to the success of Canada’s research community,” says Dr. Christopher Loomis, Chair of the Board of Directors.

“Compute Canada and its partners look forward to working with the Minister of Science and other stakeholders in the DRI ecosystem on implementing the Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy.”

Compute Canada, working in collaboration with its regional partners, ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, deploys state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) infrastructure and services to support globally competitive, data-driven research in Canada.

“The scale, speed, and capacity that ARC infrastructure and services offer to Canada’s researchers are increasingly enabling transformative research across all academic disciplines and many economic sectors,” says Robbin Tourangeau, Interim CEO. “Its impact is expected to continue to grow, allowing us to answer some of the most important questions facing us today, such as addressing climate change and unravelling the mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.”

Compute Canada is a national organization that works with its regional partners to provide essential ARC infrastructure and services for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. This world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 37 partner universities and research institutions across the country provides direct support to researchers.

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