Press Releases

SHARCNET hopes today’s announcement of the Long Range Plan will place Canada at the forefront of computing technology.

Expert panel participates in launch of Canada’s first School of Computational Engineering and Science at McMaster University.

Today seven leading technology companies announced support of a Long Range Plan for High Performance Computing in Canada.

Four new high-performance computing clusters will give SHARCNET the ability to increase its network capacity from 1,000 to 6,000 processors.

HP today announced that it will supply SHARCNET with four new high-performance computing clusters that will increase the network’s capacity from 1,000 to 6,000 processors.

SHARCNET is one of the sponsors of ORION’s upcoming Ontario R&E Summit, June 13-14, 2005 at the Courtyard Marriot, downtown Toronto. Dr. Hugh Couchman, SHARCNET Scientific Director, will be presenting at the Summit.

SHARCNET computers have recently confirmed the world’s largest Mersenne prime number, comprised of 7,816,230 digits. Jeff Gilchrist, a graduate student from Carleton University, used a SHARCNET parallel computer to verify the accuracy of the record-breaking figure, discovered in February 2005 by Dr. Martin Nowak, an eye surgeon from Michelfeld, Germany. Employing 12 of the 16 1.2GHz CPUs on SHARCNET’s Compaq Alpha GS160 server, Typhon, Gilchrist was able to validate the number in only 15 days.