Another New Tool for Canadian Researchers


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 Cloud development environment. This service will enable researchers to meet some of today’s advanced research computing challenges with increased flexibility, the ability to customize virtual machines to unique needs, no job queues, and the ability to work interactively.

The Compute Canada Cloud encompasses over 1200 cores in two environments – east cloud and west cloud – with almost 15,000GB of combined RAM, and runs on OpenStack, a commonly used open-source platform. It will accommodate both data and computationally intensive projects, and its outward facing IP address will enable data sharing and collaboration.

“This Cloud provides Canadian researchers and their collaborators an open sandbox where they construct exactly the systems that they need for a wide range of computing tasks,” says John Simpson, Compute Canada’s Digital Humanities Specialist.  “From traditional high performance computation, to website hosting, to running new research tools such as Hadoop and Apache Spark, the Cloud can do it all.”

As with all Compute Canada services, technical support is readily available through a dedicated help desk. Data is stored redundantly in a secure, managed environment, and stays in Canada.

“We know that many researchers have been anticipating this launch,” says Greg Newby, Compute Canada’s Chief Technology Officer. “It will enable Compute Canada to accommodate more researchers, and those with needs not easily satisfied with traditional high performance computing resources.”

We invite you to visit the Compute Canada Cloud webpage for more information or to apply for a Cloud account.

For more information:

Kelly Nolan, Executive Director External Affairs

Tel: (819) 598-2910


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