About Us

ACENET

ACENET began as a consortium of five universities in Atlantic Canada in 2003, collaborating in support of computationally intense and large scale data-based research within their own institutions. Since then, our membership has grown and so has our mission. ACENET has 14 Atlantic university and community college members, and over 1000 users. Today, ACENET serves any researcher at any post-secondary institution in the region, as well as government departments and private companies.

Through its infrastructure, network resources, expertise, and training, ACENET accelerates discovery, helps attract and retain highly qualified people in the region, and equips students from any discipline with foundational skills in the high-demand field of supercomputing.

ACENET connects users in our region to resources from across the country through Compute Canada - the national organization responsible for advanced research computing - and its four regional partners which together comprise the Compute Canada Federation. Through the federation, ACENET represents our regional needs and priorities at the national table.

As of 1 April 2022, Compute Canada will transition to the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO). NDRIO was created as a result of the federal government’s 2019 investment of  $572M in a new Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy for Canada. It will have an expanded role that includes Advanced Research Computing (currently residing with Compute Canada), Research Data Management (under the Portage Network, which was integrated with NDRIO early in 2021) and Research Software (currently under the domain of CANARIE). 

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To explore how ACENET might help you, please contact info@ace-net.ca.