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Compute Canada delivers world-class advanced research computing infrastructure and support to Canadian researchers and innovators. Powered by a nationally coordinated network of hardware and software resources, Compute Canada provides a broad spectrum of advanced computing services in support of research, including technical support, training, application and development.

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One of our most valuable resources is our highly qualified staff. More than 150 personnel run the national platform of resources and support thousands of users across the country. Our talented team team of programmers, analysts, and computational science specialists support an extensive range of research computing needs on a case-by-case basis, including (but not limited to):

  • large scale computation
  • large memory machines
  • accelerated systems (GPUs)
  • scientific gateways, portals, etc.
  • cloud services
  • high-throughput storage and compute systems
  • long-term storage

If you have any questions at any time regarding Compute Canada’s available resources, please contact us.

Migration of Users & Data to the New National Systems

In the coming months, some Compute Canada users will begin to move their data from existing legacy systems to new national systems. Support resources, ranging from online documentation to hands-on assistance, are in place to ensure user data is transferred safely and securely. For more information about migrating to the new systems, click here.

Allocatable systems for 2017

Storage

Storage system Datacenter Region Disk capacity (TB) Tape capacity (TB)
NDC-SFU Simon Fraser University Compute Canada 7,000 20,000
NDC-Waterloo University of Waterloo Compute Canada 7,000 20,000
Guillimin – phase 2 McGill – ETS Calcul Québec 1,968 2,500
Mammouth – archive UdeS – Rooms 1,2 Calcul Québec 83 8,000
mp2 UdeS – Rooms 1,2 Calcul Québec 1,871
Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) Queen’s-CAC Compute Ontario 800
Global_c SHARCNET – Western University Compute Ontario 642
Goblin University of Western Ontario Compute Ontario 51
GPC SciNet Compute Ontario 2,000
HPSS SciNet Compute Ontario 12,500
Bugaboo SFA10K Simon Fraser University WestGrid 1,440
Calgary storage Univesrity of Calgary WestGrid 300
Grex University of Manitoba WestGrid 115
Orcinus SFA10k University of British Columbia WestGrid 940

For more details on the allocatable systems listed above and other legacy systems accessible via Rapid Access Service, click here.

Compute

Compute system Datacenter Region Capacity (Core Years)
Cedar (GP2) Simon Fraser University Compute Canada 25000 (aprox)
Graham (GP3) University of Waterloo Compute Canada 25000 (aprox)
Briarée Université de Montréal Calcul Québec 7,000
Guillimin – phase 1 McGill University Calcul Québec 13,000
Guillimin – phase 2 McGill University Calcul Québec 4,240
mp2 Université de Sherbrooke Calcul Québec 30,984
psi Concordia University Calcul Québec 900
Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) Queen’s-CAC Compute Ontario 840
GPC SciNet Compute Ontario 30,912
TCS SciNet Compute Ontario 3,264
Monk Univerity of Western Ontario Compute Ontario 432
Orca Waterloo University Compute Ontario 8,320
SW Queen’s-CAC Compute Ontario 1,076
Bugaboo Simon Fraser University WestGrid 4,220
Grex University of Manitoba WestGrid 3,712
Orcinus University of British Columbia WestGrid 9,616
Parallel University of Calgary WestGrid 6,336

For more details on the allocatable systems listed above and other legacy systems accessible via Rapid Access Service, click here.

Cloud

Cloud Datacenter Region Physical Cores Cloud storage (TB)
Compute Canada Cloud University of Victoria, Université de Sherbrooke Compute Canada 9,184 660

For more details on the Compute Canada Cloud, or to register for an account, click here.

GPU

GPU system Datacenter Region Capacity (GPU Years)
Cedar (GP2) Simon Fraser University Compute Canada 100s of GPU devices
Graham (GP3) Waterloo University Compute Canada 100s of GPU devices
guillimin – phase 2 – GPU McGill University Calcul Québec 64
helios-GPU Université Laval Calcul Québec 72
monk-GPU* University of Western Ontario Compute Ontario 100
Parallel-GPU University of Calgary WestGrid 180

*Note that monk-GPU is out of warranty. System is available for allocation but at the user’s own risk.

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