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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 system Datacenter Region Disk capacity (TB) Tape capacity (TB)
GP2 (specs) Simon Fraser University Compute Canada 7,000 20,000
GP3 (specs) 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
CAC Queen’s-CAC Compute Ontario 800
Global_c Sharcnet – Western Compute Ontario 642
Goblin UWO – WS Compute Ontario 51
GPC Scinet Compute Ontario 2,000
HPSS Scinet Compute Ontario 12,500
Bugaboo SFA10K SFU – Water Tower WestGrid 1,440
Calgary storage Calgary WestGrid 300
Grex Manitoba – HPCC WestGrid 115
Orcinus SFA10k UBC – Chemistry WestGrid 940


Compute system Datacenter Region Capacity (Core Years)
GP2 SFU Compute Canada 25000 (aprox)
GP3 Waterloo Compute Canada 25000 (aprox)
Briarée UdeM – T-111 Calcul Québec 7,000
Guillimin – phase 1 McGill – ETS Calcul Québec 13,000
Guillimin – phase 2 McGill – ETS Calcul Québec 4,240
mp2 UdeS – Rooms 1,2 Calcul Québec 30,984
psi Concordia – Science Calcul Québec 900
CAC Queen’s-CAC Compute Ontario 840
GPC SciNet Compute Ontario 30,912
TCS SciNet Compute Ontario 3,264
Monk UWO – SD Compute Ontario 432
Orca Waterloo Compute Ontario 8,320
SW Queen’s-CAC Compute Ontario 1,076
Bugaboo SFU – Water Tower WestGrid 4,220
Grex Manitoba – HPCC WestGrid 3,712
Orcinus UBC – Chemistry WestGrid 9,616
Parallel UCalgary WestGrid 6,336


Cloud Datacenter Region Physical Cores Cloud storage (TB)
Compute Canada Cloud UVic, USherbrooke National 9,184 660


GPU system Datacenter Region Capacity (GPU Years)
GP2 SFU Compute Canada 100s of GPU devices
GP3 Waterloo Compute Canada 100s of GPU devices
guillimin – phase 2 – GPU McGill – ETS Calcul Québec 64
helios-GPU ULaval – Silo Calcul Québec 72
monk-GPU* UWO – SD Compute Ontario 100
Parallel-GPU UCalgary WestGrid 180

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