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The SHARCNET community consists of 18 academic institutions in Ontario who are bound by an Institutional Operating Agreement, administered by The University of Western Ontario. The consortium brings together the strength of leading institutions, their cutting-edge research programs and highly qualified personnel to facilitate a collaborative environment that is unparalleled in Canada.

SHARCNET is a partner organization of Compute Ontario and the Compute/Calcul Canada national advanced research computing platform.

Academic and Affiliated Partners

Site Location
Founding Members (June 2001)
Fanshawe College London, ON
McMaster University Hamilton, ON
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Brampton, ON
University of Guelph Guelph, ON
University of Western Ontario London, ON
University of Windsor Windsor, ON
Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, ON
(Joined June 2003)
Brock University St. Catharines, ON
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Oshawa, ON
University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON
York University Toronto, ON
(Joined December 2005)
Lakehead University Thunder Bay, ON
Laurentian University Sudbury, ON
Trent University Peterborough, ON
(Joined March 2006)
Ontario College of Art and Design University Toronto, ON
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Waterloo, ON
(Joined February 2008)
Nipissing University North Bay, ON
(Joined May 2014)
Conestoga College Kitchener, ON
Affiliated Partners
Fields Institute Toronto, ON

International Partnerships

Shanghai Supercomputer Center– In the Fall of 2007, SHARCNET and the Shanghai Supercomputer Center formalized their international partnership with the signing of an MOU for collaboration between our two organizations. There is mutual interest in collaborating in a number of areas and, more immediately, there is a desire to share technological expertise on how to run large HPC centres.


SHARCNET is also an active member in the following associations and collaborative networks:

Hewlett-Packard Consortium for Advanced Scientific and Technical Computing (HP-CAST) Users Group
HP-CAST represents HP's technical high performance computing users. The group works to increase the capabilities of HP systems for large-scale, scientific and technical computing. It provides guidance to HP on the essential development and support issues for such systems.

HP Collaboration and Competency Network (HP-CCN)
HP CCN is an open forum to facilitate communication and collaboration among members, partners and customers so they can more effectively adopt and apply high-performance technical computing (HPTC) technologies in their diverse research and development initiatives. HP encourages members to establish relationships with other leaders in HPTC, promote their respective capabilities and enhance the visibility of HPTC globally. Members of HP CCN include more than 30 prestigious institutions around the world, including SHARCNET, CERN, the National Centre for Supercomputing Applications, the Bioinformatics Institute of Singapore and the High Performance Computing Centre in Stuttgart.

Gelato Federation
Gelato is the global research community dedicated to advancing the Linux Itanium platform through collaborative relationships targeting real-world problems and solutions. Much of Gelato's work is conducted through, which features technical content, including a discussion forum and downloadable software. is open to all contributors and those seeking computing solutions.