Nobel Prize Winner Joins #Tuques4Compute Campaign to Highlight Essential Role of Supercomputing for Canada

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - World-class Canadian researchers, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Arthur McDonald, have joined forces to raise awareness of how essential advanced research computing resources are to their research success. Taking to social media, researchers are putting on a traditional Canadian "tuque" and holding signs with "Supercomputing Fuels My Research" slogan and the hashtag #tuques4compute.

The Nobel Laureate joins several world-class researchers who are linking their research success to access to Compute Canada resources and experts. Over the next five years Canadian researchers will require 7x more compute capacity and 15x more data storage.

The way research is conducted is changing: research is increasingly data‑driven and/or computationally intensive. These changes provide exciting new opportunities for discovery, but also create new demands for the tools and infrastructure needed to carry out this work.

"Canada is home to some of the world's leading scientific researchers and innovators like Dr. Arthur McDonald. To continue to attract and retain world leaders in research, industry, and to grow a nation of developers and innovators we must continue to invest in infrastructure for innovation and adopt a national strategy for advanced research computing," says Mark Dietrich, Compute Canada's President and CEO.

Canada's major science investments in personalized medicine, genomics and physics rely on access to a powerful platform of advanced research computing infrastructure, nationwide services and experts.

"Our work leading to the Nobel Prize for the SNO experiment benefited greatly from the facilities of Compute Canada. We strongly endorse Compute Canada and wish to emphasize the importance of keeping their facilities at the cutting edge of computing technology for the analysis of data from the new SNOLAB underground laboratory and for extensive simulation work necessary for the design of future experiments," says Dr. Arthur McDonald

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About Compute Canada

Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Together we provide essential ARC services and infrastructure for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. Our world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 37 partner universities and research institutions across the country provide direct support to research teams. Compute Canada is a proud ambassador for Canadian excellence in advanced research computing nationally and internationally.

About Advanced Research Computing

Advanced research computing (ARC), an important component of Canada's digital research infrastructure, is increasingly recognized as essential to advanced research and innovation in both the public and private sectors. ARC refers to the elements required to perform data‑intensive and computationally‑intensive research and data management, including high‑performance computing, storage, high‑speed networks and other tools and resources, including software, standards and data management services. Today, ARC underpins world‑class research across all disciplines.

The way research is conducted is changing: research is increasingly data‑driven and/or computationally‑intensive; new technologies, such as cloud computing and faster networking, are accelerating results and creating new opportunities to address scientific challenges; datasets are being constructed and mined in innovative ways; and technological advances are allowing researchers to construct ever more precise models of the world around us. These changes provide exciting new opportunities for discovery but also create new demands for the tools and infrastructure needed to carry out this work.

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