Our users have access to advanced computing resources at ACENET and throughout Compute Canada.
These advanced computing resources include
- A wide array of High Performance Computing and storage systems
- Big Data and Data Analytics tools and environments
- Compute Canada’s Cloud computing and development environment
- Leading edge GPU computing systems
- High speed, secure file transfer with the Globus Portal
- Extensive software library
- GenAP computing platform to access and use genomic datasets
- Data storage and back-up systems that provide stability and security options over your desktop
- Desktop and mobile videoconferencing
- Collaboration rooms at most ACENET partner institutions to deliver and view large videoconferences.
ACENET Advanced Computing Systems
ACENET operates several computing clusters located at our partner institutions throughout Atlantic Canada.
|Mahone||A 532 core parallel computing cluster located at Saint Mary’s University, based on AMD Opteron CPUs and the Myrinet high speed interconnect.|
|Placentia||A 3756 core heterogenous cluster located at Memorial University serving a wide array of research needs. Features Infiniband high speed interconnect and access to the GAUSSIAN computational chemistry package.|
|Fundy||A 636 core parallel computing cluster located at the University of New Brunswick featuring Infiniband and high memory nodes.|
|Glooscap||A 2196 core general purpose computing cluster located at Dalhousie University with half a Petabyte of attached storage.|
For more detailed information on our computing systems and environments, please see the ACENET Technical Wiki.
New Compute Canada Advanced Computing Systems
Compute Canada is undergoing a massive infrastructure renewal program that will eventually replace a number of older systems across the country and reduce the number of data centre sites. Four new systems will be available by the end of 2017. Available for usage now is:
|Arbutus||Located at the University of Victoria, Arbutus is an OpenStack cloud, with emphasis on hosting virtual machines and other cloud workloads. The system, provided by Lenovo, has 6,944 CPU cores across 248 nodes, each with on-node storage and 10Gb networking. It accesses 1.6PB of persistent storage, primarily via Ceph in a triple-redundant configuration. Technical help|
|Cedar||Located at the Simon Fraser University, the Cedar system is a heterogeneous cluster, suitable for a variety of workloads. With over 3.6 petaFLOPS of computing power, Cedar has greater computational power than the entire fleet of Compute Canada’s aging legacy systems combined. Technical help|
|Graham||Located at the University of Waterloo, Graham is a heterogeneous cluster, suitable for a variety of workloads. It has a small OpenStack partition, and includes local storage on nodes. Specifications include over 20,000 CPU cores across a diverse set of node types, including GPU nodes. The Graham system is entirely liquid cooled, using rear-door heat exchangers. A series of video tutorials is available to assist users in getting started on Graham.|