Press Releases

As part of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, Compute Canada is invited to submit a proposal on behalf of the Canadian Advanced Research Computing community. This proposal is due in April 2015, and will be the focus of the Compute Canada consultations that will be held at six locations across the country between January 20 and 22, 2015.

In anticipation of these consultations, Compute Canada has prepared a high-level summary of their short-term infrastructure renewal plan. Written comments on this plan can be sent to or provided during the consultation sessions. While comments are welcome any time, those received by February 10, 2015 will be given full consideration in Compute Canada’s April 2015 submission to CFI.

SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of its Round V Dedicated Programming Support competition. The primary objectives of this program are to enable key research projects with the potential for exceptional and lasting impact that require significant programming support to proceed, and facilitate optimal exploitation of SHARCNET’s or Compute Canada’s computing infrastructure for internationally leading research.

In this Round, programmer allocations have been made to the following researchers:

  • Peter Bernath, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo
  • Susan Brown, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph
  • Li Xi, Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

SHARCNET plans to run another competition in 2-3 months. Please visit the DP website for more information on the competition. Congratulations to our Round V awardees!

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) recently announced its much-anticipated Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, which earmarks $30 million in two tranches for the renewal and refresh of Compute Canada’s hardware infrastructure. Compute Canada will join the CFI in consultations at six locations across the country between January 20 and 22, 2015 as detailed. At each location, the CFI and Compute Canada will meet with stakeholders to get feedback on the details of the draft call. Immediately following each session, Compute Canada will host consultations to capture feedback on the technical details of its Phase 1 Renewal Plan. These sessions will advance Compute Canada’s work on Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing (SPARC) and will guide the proposal to be submitted to CFI in April 2015.

For those unable to attend the consultations in person, Compute Canada will also host a national webinar during the week of January 26. Details will be shared by Compute Canada in early January.

Mr. Mark Dietrich, President and CEO of Compute Canada, Canada’s national advanced research computing platform, today announced the allocation of more than $71 million worth of advanced research computing and storage capacity to over 300 research projects, across the country.

These allocations, which result from Compute Canada’s most recent Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) and of the new Research Platforms and Portals Competition (RPP), were announced as part of a Parliament Hill event highlighting the importance of advanced research computing and celebrating the successes of Canadians researchers.

Hosted by the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, the event gathered many parliamentarians including the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), government officials and representatives of the research and innovation community.

The competitively awarded grants will allocate more than $66 million through the RAC and more than $5 million through the RPP competition. These allocations include more than 124,000 core-years of computational power and 15.5 petabytes (15.5 quadrillion bytes) of data storage on Compute Canada’s advanced research computing systems. More info

Compute Canada announces the launch of the Compute Canada Globus Portal, a high-performance file-transfer service designed for Canadian researchers.

The announcement was made as part of a Parliament Hill event highlighting the importance of advanced research computing and celebrating the successes of Canadians researchers.

The Compute Canada Globus Portal is a fast, reliable and secure service for transferring and sharing data. It can be accessed using a web browser on any computer, making it easy for users, no matter where they are located, to move and synchronize data, between two resources. With the click of a button, researchers with a Compute Canada account will now be able to transfer or share a single file or millions of files in a fraction of the time. More info

SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Round V Dedicated Programming Support. This programme provides support for computational projects of exceptional potential that will have lasting impact and value and that require significant support from SHARCNET to proceed.

For Round V, applications are encouraged that satisfy the programme objectives and priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Propose to make novel, effective and large-scale use of non-standard architectures especially GP-GPU.
  • Propose to develop innovative visualization applications and techniques that emphasize the visualization of large datasets especially using distributed/parallel visualization/rendering techniques.
  • Propose a programme of work that will enable innovative projects from disciplines that are traditionally not major users of HPC.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by December 21, 2014. Note that users must have a SHARCNET webportal account in order to access the online form.

For additional information, please refer to the application guidelines. Questions should be addressed to

HPCS, Canada’s foremost supercomputing conference, will be held in Montreal from June 17-19, 2015. The event will be co-hosted by Calcul Québec and Compute Canada at Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia University. The three days of the main event will be preceded by two days of tutorials and workshops.

A full day of the three-day program will be devoted to sessions showcasing Big Data and its applications. Other themes in the agenda include:

  • Chemistry and NanoScience
  • Physics and Engineering
  • Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Infrastructures, Algorithm and Emerging Technologies
  • Exploring the World

HPCS 2015 is currently soliciting original papers on any HPC-related topic, on either science outcomes of using HPC or the development of new methods. Abstracts are due by March 17, 2015. Please visit the Paper submission page to submit an abstract.

Compute Canada announces its Resource Allocation Opportunities for 2015. Compute Canada’s Advanced Research Computing (ARC) resources are accessible to researchers at Canadian academic institutions and may be accessed using the opportunities below. There are four components to this year’s Resource Allocation Competition:

  • Default Allocations
  • Fast Track (by invitation only)
  • Resource Allocation Competition 2015
  • Research Platforms and Portals Competition (RPP) new for 2015

The new Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition focuses on providing ARC resources to a larger community of researchers driven towards creating a platform for collaboration or a portal for broader use of Compute Canada resources. Allocations may be granted for multiple years and are evaluated using specialized review criteria. The competition will use a two stage review process that involves a Letter of Intent and a Full Application. The LOI is open to all applicants interested in applying. The Full Application stage is open only to groups selected at the LOI stage.

Please submit any questions regarding Compute Canada resource opportunities to