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Advanced research computing is the most exciting transformation to the research and innovation sector since the dawn of computing. Compute Canada systems and experts are helping researchers accelerate some amazing advances in areas such as advanced materials and manufacturing, the treatment of disease, managing and maximizing the exploitation of natural resources, predicting weather events and understanding societal trends. Compute Canada serves a continuously growing number of world-class Canadian researchers and their industrial, national and international partners, as well as every major science program and investment in Canada.
The discovery of how supercooled water switches from a high-density to a low-density liquid is “basic science” at this point, but it has wide-ranging implications for studies in a variety
Pierre-Olivier Quirion is the switchboard operator at the centre of a consortium working to track COVID-19 strains in Quebec. This Rube-Golberg-like operation starts when a sample is swabbed from inside
When one thinks about computer science’s role in tackling COVID-19, it’s hard to imagine what it might be. Yet James Hughes is working on that very thing. The assistant professor
Professor Moulay Akhloufi didn’t expect to join the effort against COVID-19. And while it may be difficult to imagine X-rays and artificial intelligence helping in the face of a world-paralyzing
Spotlight On: Ian Lewis, Assistant Professor University of Calgary Department of Biological Sciences Ian Lewis has always worked to develop better ways to diagnose infectious diseases. His work always involves
Julie Hussin wasn’t thinking about taking on COVID-19 when she started looking at the data coming out of affected countries back in January. But this assistant professor of bioinformatics at
Professor Nicolas Moitessier describes his task as “finding a key that fits the lock,” except he wants to block the keyhole. His McGill chemistry lab is now a vital cog
UCalgary led study discovers a link between sleep and brain health after spinal cord injury by Kelly Johnston, Cumming School of Medicine A new study led by a University of
The advent of optical character recognition software has created an explosion of online texts available for readers. Witness the success of the Google Books initiative that has already scanned and
In terms of impact and sheer numbers, microbes dominate our planet. The tiny single-celled organisms invisible to the naked eye live everywhere on Earth – in the atmosphere, the earth’s
Jason Masuda has something in common with the alchemists of old. But instead of trying to turn lead into gold, he’s building substances that have never been seen on Earth
James Polson spends much of his time trying to understand the mechanisms that make life possible. Polson is an associate professor of physics with the University of Prince Edward Island.
When Professor Stéphane Moreau takes a plane, he’s not like the other passengers. On board, he becomes alert to all of the noises around him. It’s a natural reflex for
Photo: Caren Helbing (middle) with lab members Jessica Round (left) and Emily Koide (right). When Caren Helbing and her lab discovered that triclosan — an antimicrobial chemical found in such
Ichiro Fujinaga likens his life’s work and goal to something he calls “Google Scores.” Like Google Books, his project aims to establish a huge database of musical scores that will
The Kepler Space Telescope arose out of the U.S., but it was Canadian researcher Jason Rowe who discovered a planet that is the same size as Earth, and, more
Though his background is in human genetics, Sean Myles studies the genetic composition of apples. So how did he come to be studying apples? The Associate Professor and Faculty
“If there’s a need for computing power to do research, I can probably help.” Julie Faure-Lacroix, a bright-eyed young woman from Laval University, is talking about her job at Calcul
Photo: Price response to Apple’s earnings news released at 4:30 PM October 2011 at one-minute frequency. Stock prices are plotted in dots (top panel) and in the bottom panel the
Dalhousie University researchers Josef Zwanziger and Tsanka Todorova You could call Tsanka Todorova a fixer — and her toolbox is made up of chemistry and computers. In the recent past, the
Researchers in the humanities and social sciences are using digital infrastructure to help advance their research as well, and a Canadian-made tool called Voyant is allowing those who work with
Understanding how machines and structures perform in the ocean has important implications for everything from the way ships manoeuvre to how tidal power turbines respond to massive hydraulic forces. One
The world that Martin Mkandawire studies is very, very small, but his work could have a massive impact on human health and the treatment of diseases, including cancer. He’s also
For a time in early January 2017, Dr. Victoria Kaspi and a team of fellow researchers were media darlings. Her work on radio waves from a galaxy estimated to date
It doesn’t take long for the audience to sense that Unconscious in the Sistine Chapel isn’t a typical stage play. For one thing there are no props or scenery pieces.
Figure: Multi-year proxy BAP time series animation Canada is a vast nation, dominated by forested ecosystems. From a total area approaching 1 billion hectares, Canada has about 350 million hectares
As Ted Sargent explains it, when he started out in his nanoscience lab at University of Toronto 18 years ago, his group was made up of “a team of talented
By Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Compute Canada In the world of science, we already know that many of the problems we face are already too big for
Compute Canada Bibliometric Analysis Informed by the collection of CVs from more than 2,300 Canadian faculty members who are active Compute Canada (CC) users, Compute Canada has embarked on an
June 26, 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia – Ten students from across Canada began the one week International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences in Ljubljana, Slovenia, courtesy of Compute Canada. This
Call it peak computing. In the vein of peak oil, it seems the traditional semiconductor is about to encounter a similar experience. In short, it’s reaching a point of saturation
The largest BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) grant to SFU to date was announced at a provincial government event on March 29th at SFU’s Vancouver campus. The SFU-led Cyberinfrastructure: Compute
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has partnered with Compute Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence and ThinkData Works to launch the first “Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge” in January 2016. Organized
As part of a series, the Canada Foundation for Innovation created five profiles on researchers who unlock the power of big data. By Sharon Oosthoek Susan Brown, University of Guelph
As part of a series, the Canada Foundation for Innovation created five profiles on researchers who unlock the power of big data. By Sharon Oosthoek Reda Tafirout, TRIUMF The holy
As part of a series, the Canada Foundation for Innovation created five profiles on researchers who unlock the power of big data. By Sharon Oosthoek Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal
As part of a series, the Canada Foundation for Innovation created five profiles on researchers who unlock the power of big data. By Sharon Oosthoek Régis Pomès, SickKids Hospital Spying
Compute Canada would like to congratulate Dr. Victoria Kaspi, McGill University astrophysicist and Compute Canada User, on her recent award of the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal, Canada’s top science prize.
Toronto – Compute Canada’s advanced research computing resources were the tools used by Dr. Harald Pfeiffer’s team that contributed to one of the world’s most momentous discoveries yesterday. “Compute Canada actually
December 16, 2015 – Compute Canada launched its second round of consultations with Canada’s researchers and research-intensive institutions to develop the Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing Phase II (SPARC2).
Compute Canada Launches Cloud Environment As part of its continuing commitment to provide Canadian researchers with the most up to date technology, Compute Canada has announced the launch of its
Partnership will enhance research data transfer, storage, preservation and access in Canada to support the knowledge economy. Compute Canada and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) announced today that
Compute Canada is pleased to congratulate the winning teams of the two Compute Canada scholarships to the June, 2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), to be held at the University of Victoria. The winning
Dr. Marc Bellemare is working on the “holy grail” of artificial intelligence—computers that learn and think on their own. Research area Dr. Bellemare is a computer scientist working in one of
It is the only lab like it in the world, the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) is transforming how we analyze crime by exploiting the power of advanced
Roland Santos Computer Systems Specialist for IT Operations and High Performance Computing BC Cancer Agency’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) Expertise Roland is part of the team responsible for
Dr. Duane Cronin builds virtual human body models that give insight into what happens in accidents, what types of injuries occur, and how to prevent them.
Dr. Stephen Strother sets up neuroinformatics frameworks to speed up the translation of imaging neuroscience for clinical studies of brain disorders
Dr. Alexei Razoumov creates three-dimensional numerical models of galaxy formation, supernovae and other phenomena.
Ross Dickson is here to help researchers do their work faster, more effectively and more efficiently.
Dr. Susan Brown enhances digital tools to harness the power of computers for critical literary and historical research.
Dr. Whitehead and Dr. Plumer use advanced computing to find new ways to pack more data storage into smaller spaces.
Dr. Stacey Wetmore explores the reactions between DNA and various harmful chemicals to understand how DNA is damaged.
Dr. Zwanziger’s laboratory is developing new glassy materials with far-sighted implications.
Dr. Katja Fennel develops and applies realistic numerical models of the physical, chemical and biological changes occurring in coastal marine ecosystems
Dr. Nikolas Provatas uses computer modelling and simulations to understand how to design better materials and products from the atomic scale up.
Dr. Rockwell’s group develops tools that make it easier for scholars to identify patterns in texts of disciplines such as history, philosophy and literature.
Dr. Fassi Kafyeke is finding ways to manufacture planes that are quieter, lighter and more fuel efficient.