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About SHARCNET

What is SHARCNET?

SHARCNET stands for Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network. Established in 2000, SHARCNET is the largest high performance computing consortium in Canada, involving eleven universities and colleges across southern Ontario.

SHARCNET also refers to a grid of high performance clusters of thousands of processors on a dedicated, private high speed wide area network with a throughput of 1 Gigabits per second. Powered by the Ontario Research Innovation Optical Network (ORION) and the state-of-the-art operating system environments, the grid of SHARCNET enables researchers to run a single parallel application across multiple clusters deployed at different institutions seamlessly.

Where is SHARCNET?

The main office of SHARCNET is located in the Western Science Centre at The University of Western Ontario. The SHARCNET high performance clusters are installed at each institution of the consortium and operated by SHARCNET staff across different sites.

What does SHARCNET have?

The infrastructure of SHARCNET consists of a group of 64-bit high performance Itanium2, Xeon and Opteron clusters along with a group of storage units deployed at a number of universities and colleges. Those high performance clusters are interconnected with each other through the Ontario Research Innovation Optical Network (ORION) with a private, dedicated connection currently running at 1 Gigabits per second. SHARCNET clusters run the Linux operating system.