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External Research

For needs that cannot be met by Research IT Support directly, we offer information and access to external research systems and consortia. There are many resources available to Canadian researchers including high performance computing resources,collaboration equipment and facilities, data storage facilities and visualization equipment.


What is WestGrid?

WestGrid operates high performance computing (HPC), collaboration and visualization infrastructure across western Canada. It encompasses 14 partner institutions across four provinces.

What Makes WestGrid Unique?

WestGrid was the first resource provider in Canada to adopt a grid-enabled system for its HPC,collaboration and scientific visualization resources. Since 2004, this system has enabled WestGrid to build a user community across Canada in disciplines ranging from the sciences and engineering to arts and humanities. WestGrid has a cohesive team of technical staff and system architects to support these users.


  • Clusters with Fast Interconnects
  • Shared Memory Systems
  • Data Storage Facilities
  • Visualization Server

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Compute Canada

What is Compute Canada?

Compute Canada provides a national platform for research that integrates high-performance computing (HPC) resources at seven partner consortia across the country. These resources include high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and academic research facilities. These integrated resources represent close to a petaflop of computing capability plus online and long term storage capabilities. 

Major Resource Providers

ACEnet - Atlantic Computational Excellence Network
Computing facilities

CLUMEQ - Consortium Laval, Université du Québec, McGill and Eastern Québec
Computing facilities

RQCHP - Réseau québécois de calcul de haute performancei
Computing facilities

HPCVL - High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory

SciNet - Science at Scale

SHARCNET - Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing NETwork
Computing facilities

WestGrid - Western Canada Research Grid
Computing facilities

Last reviewed shim8/22/2013 1:00:12 PM