New Compute Canada Service Enables Big Data Tools for National and Global Collaboration

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Compute Canada, Canada’s advanced research computing resource, today announced the launch of the Compute Canada Globus Portal, a high-performance file-transfer service designed for Canadian researchers.

The announcement was made as part of a Parliament Hill event highlighting the importance of advanced research computing and celebrating the successes of Canadian researchers.

Hosted by the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, the event gathered many parliamentarians, including the Honourable Senator Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), government officials and representatives of the research and innovation community.

The Compute Canada Globus Portal is a fast, reliable and secure service for transferring and sharing data. It can be accessed using a web browser on any computer, making it easy for users, no matter where they are located, to move and synchronize data, between two resources. With the click of a button, researchers with a Compute Canada account will now be able to transfer or share a single file or millions of files in a fraction of the time.

“We know that the design for new jet airplanes, cures for disease and understanding changes in the environment, are being developed using high performance computing and big data. It is our goal to make access to big data and advanced research computing resources as easy as possible for researchers, so Canada remains competitive,” says Mark Dietrich, Compute Canada’s President and CEO.

“Our portal will enable researchers to share knowledge and collaborate with other researchers in a fast and secure way,” says Dugan O’Neil, Chief Science Officer at Compute Canada. “Data that took days to transfer not so long ago will now take just a few hours.”

“Last month, while the service was still in beta release, one user transferred more than two million files in a single day! This shows how the launch of the Compute Canada Globus Portal is going to be life-changing for our researchers,” Prof. O’Neil adds.

“We are excited that Compute Canada is adopting Globus to simplify data management and increase collaboration among researchers in Canadian institutions,” says Steve Tuecke, Globus project co-lead and Deputy Director of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. “Their support moves us closer to realizing our vision of accelerating discovery by making advanced capabilities available to all researchers.”

With today’s announcement, Compute Canada, a longtime storage provider for big data, is taking the next step in establishing a true national platform for advanced research computing, one that will allow greater collaboration between researchers. The Compute Canada Globus Portal is another example of how Compute Canada accelerates discovery and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians.

For information:

Kelly Nolan
Executive Director, External Affairs
Tel: (819) 598-2910